We often discuss the different types of work therapy dogs can do and how important it is finding the right fit between assignment, handler and dog.
Max is a very special dog indeed. He is a Border Collie, thus he loves to jump and play ball and bark and learn new tricks. He loves to play with children and show them how fast he can be.
But Max can also be calm and gentle and patient and quiet. He can wait with a treat on his nose for the command to catch it. He can wait for the ball to be tossed and remain on leash throughout the whole game. He can sit patiently until a little hand comes close enough to pet his beautiful fur.
It is not easy to teach a dog to play catch while on a leash. It is not easy to teach an energetic dog to be quiet and calm. It is not easy to teach a dog to be around lots of other dogs and not engage them in play.
But Max can do all of this, and more.
Max is the dog we invite into therapy sessions when we need a “real dog!”
Max is the dog we invite to meet with children just getting over their fears and who are now able to have a dog bark or jump around them, because Max can do this so reliably on command.
Max is the dog I call upon to join me for presentations to showcase the difference between a dog like Max and my little dogs.
Max and his handler, Scott, have a remarkable connection and are so kind and loving with the clients we work with. They show the children how positive training can enhance your dog’s natural abilities and how happy a dog can be when fulfilling their purpose.They also enjoy visiting health facilities and Max loves going room to room giving everyone a taste of the Max smile!
Yes, you can teach a dog many things but you can’t teach a dog to love everyone they meet and perhaps this is Max’s greatest talent, his open heart.
So Max is our Therapy Dog of the Week, and we celebrate this amazing Border Collie.