Spencer failed his pre-evaluation
What you're telling me is soooo far from the experience that I had - I'm so mad that I can hardly think straight. What were they thinking?????
I apologize for even mentioning the Delta society to you. This isn't what they have in mind at all, I can tell you that for a fact. My test was nowhere near that. They were evaluating the dogs feelings and responses during my test, not how well she could "perform". They told me that if at any time I felt like my dog was uncomfortable that I was to mention it to them and we would stop. I can't get over the way that you and Spencer were treated.
Anyhow, I think it's too early for you to give up on therapy. Where Gracie and I visit we don't need Delta certification. I don't even wear my badge in there. I don't sign in or anything. We actually started visiting by calling and speaking with the activities director and asking if we could stop by and told her when we could. She said "fine, just come whenever you want". We don't sign in or check in. We just go and walk the halls and talk with the residents and staff. (I think the staff get as much enjoyment out of the visits as the residents). Besides, it costs to be a Delta member and visiting doesn't cost a thing. I think the residents would love Spencer!
I realize that you might not want to pursue this after what you've been through but if you want to just visit the facilities and want to get some hints email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Again, I'm so sorry that you had such a bad experience. It's really not supposed to be that way. Our state is looking for people to visit and sit/stay/heel are nice but not the "whole big picture". It's all about the dog and the residents and how much joy you can bring them.
Hi Greta - thanks for the reassurance!
Glitter failed her test with the Therapy Dogs International the first time.
Co cl of the Dog Training and Behavior Board
Thanks Vickie - why did Glitter fail?
Oh well - there's other organizations I can look into.
Oh, Donna. I'm so sorry to hear this. In reading your post, I too felt sorry for Spencer!
I don't think my dogs would do good at this. They are very friendly toward strangers but not having a treat?...no way! But maybe you could try again ;o)
Thanks Terre - Spencer was definitely traumatized!
I never thought of those possibilities - I think Spencer and I will find our niche somewhere!