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After a brief scare over a stiff hind leg, Goose has taken the past couple of weeks off. The vet was able to diagnose him with pano from the x-rays so everything is luckily okay! We even found out that he has perfect hips, elbows and knees so I guess the scare was worth it in the long run.
Next week Goose will start an intermediate trick dog class. While this may not seem directly related to therapy work, I'm taking the class to keep him "working" around other dogs and people until his behavior evaluation on May 1. Plus a new title isn't a bad deal either! I've talked to the trainer that will be evaluating him for his therapy test and since the requirements are so similar, we are actually going to test Goose for his CGCA, CGCU, and therapy dog evaluation all on the same day! If he manages to pass all three tests I'll have to find something really good to celebrate. Maybe a doggie birthday cake since he will be turning 1 that same day?
He's also doing his first ever Rally trial on April 14th and 15th. While I'm super nervous about how he will do, seeing how well he can focus and pay attention in a busy environment like that will be a good indicator for his behavior in a hectic hospital situation! I even got some super cute crate signs for both dogs off of Etsy (I'm going to try and do Dock Diving with Maverick this Summer so he has one too). I keep telling myself that I don't care if he NQ's, I'm just there for fun and practice.
In the meantime I've worked out logistics with a local nursing home so that he can do his 10 practice visits in May/early June. It was surprisingly difficult to find a place to let us do the practice visits since a lot of local facilities had policies in place stating that they had to be already certified. I kept describing it to people as being similar to the situation when you need experience to get a job, but you need a job to get experience (any new college graduate will probably understand what I mean by this). But the nursing home finally said yes! This location is a little busier than the nursing home he was in previously so I'm anxious to see how he reacts to different areas- particularly the dining hall! Looks like practicing stricter "leave-its" may be in order for the next couple of weeks.
Either tomorrow or on April 19 we will be going to a local "Bark in the Park" baseball game. Not only is this going to be a blast, but if I can hold his attention there I'm fully confident I can hold it anywhere. Plus baseball AND dogs (and let's face it maybe a couple of $1 adult beverages)? Sign me up.
All in all, things are progressing nicely and I keep trying to get him out in different environments as much as reasonably possible.