Fergie and her handler Lisa passed their Pet Partner Evaluation and are ready to begin their therapy career. Today they went to the Love Dogs adopted school for the first time and were a tremendous hit.
Lisa arrived a bit early so Fergie could walk around outside and get comfortable in the office while we waited for the other teams.
At first Fergie was a bit nervous. Maybe she thought the car ride was to the vet, but she soon settled down and let the office staff greet and pet her.
Everyone wanted to meet the new dog in town.
When the other teams arrived we let Fergie meet them individually. Dash, then George and I had Petey with me.
We walked to our classroom together and we saw her calm down. She must have known she would soon be with children because a smile broke out! She loves kids.
The topic this week was Continuing Dog Training Tips, so the children watched as Dash walked to his Place and lay down on his blanket.
George showed how he knows the name of his new toy (Greta) and Leaves It on the ground.
Petey showed how he is learning Touch Commands so when he is sightless and deaf, he can still communicate with me. When I petted his tail, he sat! Good boy. When I rubbed his feet, he lay down.
Fergie let many children sit around her as they read stories. She listened, and smiled a few times. Then she let the children pet her. What fun today this was for her.
The best way to make first visits successful is to take them in small bits. Go where other more experienced teams can be helpful and take it slow.
Congratulations Fergie, you have a great future ahead of you as a Class Dog.