I hate when great classes end.
What makes a great class?
The right mix of humans and dogs. The right mix of differences. The right mix of strengths. The right mix of learning.
This last class was the perfect mix. The dogs were all different and had interesting personalities.
The humans were all committed and fun and only wanted everyone to do well.
No competitiveness in my classes. We want to encourage each other to shine and then everyone wins.
Today was the last class for the current round of therapy dog classes and we are still learning new things about the dogs and owners.
The class was spent role playing and real life scenarios. But the most important thing we learned is that you never stop learning!
We learned that the shiest of dogs can come out of his shell when meeting the right person.
The dog not naturally fond of children can love a child when introduced the right way.
The tiny dog not happy being held in one position, thrives when held in another.
All these teams hope to pass the Pet Partner Evaluation one day but more important, they all want to be great dogs with great owners.
We learned that the dog with an unknown background is most comfortable when lying with his back against a wall so he cannot be sneaked up on from behind.
We learned that when you have two dogs, you may think they are alike, but huge differences come to the surface and need to be acknowledged.
We learned that the dog nervous or afraid around children, can love them when approached calmly.
We learned that the dog who is barky and crazy at home, truly changes when “working” and thrives on having a purpose.
I always tell my clients that when they pass their Pet Partner Evaluation, it is not the end, but just the beginning.
Now they have the challenge of going out into the community and finding where they belong so they can make the greatest impact.