Today our club had and outing to an assisted living facility. This facility allows our club to meet in one of their activity rooms at no charge, so we thought it would be nice to let the residents visit with our pups. We started off with a question and answer period and then we did more or less a therapy dog visit. A few of the dogs went into the center of the room and showed off their obediance, and Reyna and I did that. Reyna did everything perfectly, except the stand command. I am not to worried about that because the last few people I know who have been to GDB say they don't even teach the students to use that command. Strange huh?
Reyna got excited when it was time to visit with the residents. She was a little "hoppy" at first, but then she realized that was not going to work if she wanted to greet people. She was soooo happy when she was able to greet people. She would look at the line of people sitting and waiting for her and it was as if Reyna looked up at me and said "Really, mom? I get to visit with all of those people?" She went from one person to the next, to the next like a professional therapy dog. It was fun to watch. Her tail never stopped wagging. There were a couple of things we had the opportunity to work on. One was licking and the other one was to teach her it was not appropriate to "paw" at people when they were petting her. My little dominant girl just can't help herself sometimes. One things for sure, if she doesn't become a guide, she would sure enjoy this therapy dog work!