Photobucket Photobucket Therapy dogs spread happiness, love, and cheer to people who otherwise might be lonely, sad or slow to heal. This is the journey of Cayman, a longhair miniature dachshund and his journey and experiences visiting becoming a therapy dog.

Did you know that pet visits often spark good memories of a person's own pets? Dogs often can reach people and children who have withdrawn from the world. It's been suggested by science that petting a dog can lower blood pressure, reduce anxiety and stress, and promote healing.



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Sunday, September 7, 2008

Bye Bye Buster Collar

I removed Cayman's buster collar a little earlier than the vet recommended- like Saturday. And he hasn't made any attempt to lick or bite at his incision site from his neuter on Thursday and is obviously much happier without it. I felt so bad for him. He was trying so hard to play with his new squeaky soccer ball I bought him as a get well present and even had a hard time getting water with that buster collar on, I just had to. But anyhow, you will all be happy to hear that he is back to his old self again, hell, he was back to his old self the day after his surgery. He is quite the little trooper. Since he is feeling and acting like his old self again, we are definitely taking him to the doggy park next Sunday.

We are starting to work at home with him for his CGC certification (more on this later) so he can be a therapy dog. One of the test require him to do a "down/stay" the distance of a 20 foot lead. So I went out and bought one and took electrical tape to make off each foot on the lead. This way while he is training, we can accurately see how many feet he is able to remain in a "down/stay" before getting off his mark. I tried it out in the house since we have a really long hallway and he did it! All 20 feet! But of course today when I tried it outside, he was much too preoccupied in running in the grass then flopping down to sun himself then running off again in the time it took me to wind 20 feet of leash up in my hand. Silly dog. Definately feeling better!

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