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Tail Waggin’ Tutor at Frostburg Library June 9, 2009

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Holly The Newf and friends at the Frostburg Library

Holly The Newf and friends at the Frostburg Library

I was lucky enough to be invited to be a Tail Waggin’ Tutor at the Frostburg Library last Saturday. I had several very nice children come to read to me. I heard a great Goosebumps book and a Froggy book and some poems. I was very quiet and sat still while my new friends read. When kids read out loud to a dog, it improves their reading skills and their self-confidence. Kim suggested to several of the children that they might want to try reading to their own dog. I’m sure any dog would love it. Next week I get to go to the LaVale Library. Hope to see you there.

Therapy Dog Visit to the YMCA Family Center March 12, 2009

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Holly The Newf with friends at the YMCA Family Center

Holly The Newf with friends at the YMCA Family Center

What a great morning I had at the YMCA Family Center. I was invited on a therapy dog visit to meet a group of preschoolers and babies and their moms. I got to sit in the middle of a huge gym floor. All the kids sat around me and took turns coming up to pet me. Kim told them all about me. They were surprised that I weigh 120 lbs! We had dog safety handouts for them to color. They really liked that. Kim told them about how to meet a new dog, how to approach a dog you don’t know, and how not to pet a stray dog. She also played a game with them where they all pretended a stray dog was approaching them and they stood still like a tree. It was quite fun to see all of them standing perfectly still. Kim’s kids gave each of the preschoolers a special “Holly The Newf Dog Safety Award” certificate to take home. I really like going out on these therapy dog visits with kids. Little people are so much fun to meet and visit with!

Holly The Newf meets new friends Kim Marker and son Noah

Holly The Newf meets new friends Kim Marker and son Noah

Holly The Newf and friends at the YMCA family center. From left to right: Noah, Destiny and her mom Rebecca, Ava and her mom Courtney, Conner and his mom Courtney, and Stewart and his mom Page.

Holly The Newf and friends at the YMCA family center. From left to right: Noah, Destiny and her mom Rebecca, Ava and her mom Courtney, Conner and his mom Courtney, and Stewart and his mom Page.

How to Become a Therapy Dog February 14, 2009

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Holly The Newf and the Tail Waggin Tutors Program

Holly The Newf and the Tail Waggin Tutors Program

I recently received an email from my new friend Roosevelt, a Newfoundland in TN.  He is interested in becoming a therapy dog and was wondering how to get started. I am a therapy dog registered through Therapy Dogs International (TDI). On the TDI Getting Started Page is information on the registration requirements, upcoming tests, and the testing requirements.  I had to take the TDI test which included a temperment evaluation, an evaluation of my behavior around people and other dogs, and the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC).  Each year you must renew your certification by filling out a health form and sending in a check for $30.  My human Kim and I can visit nursing homes, hospitals, and shelters. We developed several programs to tell adults and kids All About Newfoundlands and about responsible Dog Ownership .  One of my favorite programs is the Tail Waggin Tutors where children who are having difficulty learning to read use me as practice and they read out loud to me. There are other therapy dog programs in the United States including the Delta Society, and Angel on a Leash. I have a whole page on my web site devoted to information and resources on therapy dogs. I am always amazed how excited people are to meet me, pet me, and ask questions about me. Being a therapy dog is a great experience and is very worthwhile.

I’m a therapy dog! May 31, 2008

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tdi_certification_052008Today the Colonial Newfoundland Club had their Spring Fun Days. We all went to participate in the just for fun dog show, the picnic, and the fun and games. I played the Limbo, Simon Says, and my personal favorite, Dress the Dog. I won a monkey toy and a teddy bear toy. What fun! The club had a Therapy Dogs International (TDI) representative there to qualify dogs to do therapy work. Kim’s sister Jenn has dogs that do therapy dog work. Kim said that I would really enjoy being a therapy dog. We decided at the last minute to take the Canine Good Citizen test to see if we could become a TDI team. I had to walk beside Kim and be a good listener, walk up to a person in a wheel chair, meet another dog, leave food on the ground without touching it, sit for several minutes while Kim left, and come when Kim called me. I did pretty good at all the exercises except the coming when Kim called me. I saw my kids behind Kim and when she called me I got excited and raced to see my kids. The nice lady giving us the test let me try again and I did much better. I passed the test. So now, I’m a therapy dog.

 

Watch me taking my Canine Good Citizen Test.

 

To find out more about how to qualify a dog to do therapy work or find out about scheduling a therapy dog to visit your organization visit Therapy Dogs International, Delta Society, AKC, and Land of Pure Gold Foundation. To schedule Holly for a therapy dog visit, go to her web site at www.HollyTheNewf.com .