Via Unclutterer (one of my most favorite blogs!!), I discovered the site How to Clean Stuff, which has quite an array of cleaning tips. Best of all, they have a whole section about pets, with a whole list of stuff that’s pretty useful for dog lovers. For example, I never knew you were supposed to put cotton balls in your dog’s ears before a bath! I wonder how many cotton balls it would take to fill Lucas’ ears…
This past Saturday, Emmett tested to become a registered therapy dog through the Delta Society, an organization dedicated to “Improving human health through service and therapy animals.”
We began training together to be a therapy team in September. The work included medically-specific distractions (wheelchairs, walkers, loud noises, etc.) added to basic commands like heel, sit, and stay. While Emmett is Mr. Personality, he does get rather excited to meet new people and try new things – an asset in therapy situations, but not if his excitement couldn’t be managed by me. So that’s what we’ve been working on since September: keeping him on a loose leash with his attention on me, even if there’s something so exciting on the floor or new people come into the room!
Saturday’s test consisted of two portions, skills and aptitude. And while he didn’t do perfectly… he passed!! I’m so excited and proud of him!
Now I just have to fill out and submit all the paperwork for us to be officially registered, then it’s off to volunteer! I’m so excited, and I know Emmett is going to enjoy working with kiddos as much as I am.
For more information about the benefits of therapy animals, or to find out how to get your dog tested, visit the Delta Society online at www.deltasociety.org. It’s a fantastic organization!
Welcome! Thanks for stopping by the Oh My Dog! blog.
A few quick facts about this blog:
- While I will be writing about dogs – specifically my dogs Lucas and Emmett – I will not be writing as if I am Lucas and Emmett. The dog’s point of view thing works well for some bloggers, but it’s not for me.
- This site will cover many dog-related topics, but I will always happily welcome suggestions and input! Please, comment away!
- A little primer on the dogs I adore and who will come up frequently on this blog: Lucas is a three-year-old Shepherd mix who has an unending supply of creative energy. Emmett is a five/six-year-old hound/Staffie mix who loves nothing more than being the center of attention at all times. That and eating himself into a coma.
- For more details, check out the About page.
That’s about it! Feel free to poke around. The site’s pretty new, so the content is pretty sparse, but keep checking back… there’s a ton more to come!