Therapy Dog Training – I passed stage one! Woohoo!!

Wednesday was a big day, it was the first test in the process to become a Therapy Dog!!

We had to go for an assessment at the vets, well, I was getting assessed, Mum was just coming for the ride……

This is me practising being a Good Boy ready for the test....

As we arrived I heard someone ask Mum who she had with her, so I popped my paws onto the counter so they could see me  – I was also checking to see if that Cat was there that had been hanging around last time – Doh!!  No sign of the Cat…….

So, It started with a weigh-in – my svelte-like 47lbs was met with approval.  Oh, hold on, Mum said that wasn’t part of the test, that was just out of interest, anyway at least there won’t be any restrictions on Dentastix, so that’s good!

Next I had to go and wait for Dr Rick in the little room, he’s been my vet since the beginning and knows me really well.  I gave him my usual big welcome, he got down on the floor, so I got down lower to see if he wanted to play – he’s so much fun, we had a little play.

Next he got the treats out, this usually means he’s gonna do something sneaky, but surprisingly this time it wasn’t the case – all I had to do was sit and I got the treats, piece of cake for me.  I wonder if taking treats nicely was part of the test?  I’m gonna tell Mum I need to keep practising this skill in case it’s required when we go to do Therapy work – Tee Hee…..

I think actually he tested me for certain things that I didn’t even realise he was testing?  But I was very happy to hear I’d passed!!

He filled in some forms for Mum and said I was a wonderful candidate as a Furry Friend – Woohoo!!  If Mum had a tail I think she’d have been wagging hers too!! :)

Woohoo Mum!! Can't wait until Dad gets home to tell him the news!! :)

Now that I’ve passed this part I think Mum has to submit all the forms and then we go to see the Animal Behaviourist for an assessment – Yay!! I’m so excited!! :)


  1. Congrats to you, Snoopy! I know you’ll make a wonderful therapy dog.
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    • Thanks Vicky,

      Not sure if I’m old enough just yet, but it’s great to be on my way now my vet gave me the green light!! Woohoo!!

      Wags to Darby,

      Snoops :)

  2. Great job, Snoop! I have no doubts at all that you’ll make a wonderful Therapy Dog and pass all the tests. Maybe then you could teach Daisy a thing or two about c-a-l-m behaviors around new people… ;)
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    • Hey Daisy,

      I’m with you, the calm around new people sure is difficult – especially if they’ve rung the doorbell!! Oh No! But hopefully I’ll master it eventually……. :)

      Hope you’re having a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  3. You are going to be a great therapy dog. You are so cute and gentle, how could you not be.
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  4. Snoopy, Tell your mom that there is a yahoo group [ beardiepettherapy], that she can join to get all kinds of good advise. I’m so proud of you !.I know you’ll be a great therapy dog. Today your dad Louie,is in Maine being shown at the National Specialty Beardie Show.Wish him luck!!!!

    • Thanks Jean,

      Yep, that group on Yahoo is cool – lots of great tips! :)

      I hope Louie had a great time in Maine!!

      Big wags to the pack,

      Snoops :)

  5. Great job, Snoopy!
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  6. Snoopy we are soooooo happy for you! There was no doubt in our minds that you wouldn’t pass the first level or any level after that!

    I think Dr.Rick sounds like a lot of fun! That is so cool that he gave you treats and all you had to do was sit! I agree, you should keep practicing that! BOL!!

    I like when you said your Mom was so happy that if she had a tail “she would be wagging hers too!” We (or I) am wagging MINE cause I am so happy for you!

    Barks and licks and love, from your pal, Dakota
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    • Dakota,

      You’re right, Dr Rick is lottsa fun, I think you’d like him – he always gets on the floor to play with me and then, yes, of course there’s the treats!! Yay!! :)

      Glad you’ve got your tail wagging buddy, don’t think mines stopped wagging yet! :)

      Have a fun weekend,

      Snoops :)

  7. That’s totally awesome, Snoopy!! You’re gonna make a terrific therapy doggie!

    Happy World Smile Day! :)

    Woofs & hugs, <3

    ~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

  8. YES!!! I know you are going to be wonderful at it. My Vickie and I just got back from the class to teach the humans how to be good therapy partners. Me and her got to play “Bad Therapy dog and partner” It was fun being bad…..My Vickie buttoned her shirt up wrong, had her hair crazy and pretened she was sneezing all over everyone. I got to jump on people and eat food off the shelf and take little fake dogs they had out for them, oh yeah and just before we went in MY Vickie slathered some mud on my side and we told everyone I had rolled in doo doo. It was pretty funny.. WE did a great job being BAD THERAPY TEAM.

    Did I ever tell you that you and Sir George look a like. Well, at least when Sr George was your age. If you go check out his blog, go back to about 6 months ago and you will see how much you two looked alike. He looks older now and his hair is different but when he was your age, you coulda been twins.

    Anyway buddy, I am off to the river to wash off the mud.

    Take care
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    • Hey Bert,

      Sorry I didn’t reply sooner, Cosmo and I were kinda busy this weekend and I didn’t get much computer time! :)

      You made me chuckle with your ‘bad therapy dog and partner’ act, I bet you enjoyed playing that, especially as you got to be covered in mud, although I probably wouldn’t like that cos I’m kinda fussy about things on my coat! Twigs aren’t even allowed!! :) Mum says I’m OCD!?

      Wow, Sir George (V. posh name! – I like it!) sure does look like me when he was a little younger, I think OES are related to my breed – I know they like to play with Sheep too! He looks like he has lots of fun, although I don’t really understand how he writes, seems like a foreign language to me?

      Hope you had a fun time in the river getting clean buddy,

      Snoops :)

  9. Congrats on passing that test! Hope it all goes well for you. I am seeing a behaviourist too! But it is because I am not being as good. Mine recommended more play time. Check out my blog to see what I am doing.

    Puppy Kisses,
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    • Hey Tanner,

      Sounds to me like you’ve got it all figured out, cos you get your behaviourist to recommend ‘more’ play time – sweet!! Wish I could come and play with you……

      Have fun,

      Snoops :)

  10. Congrats on passing phase 1 Snoopy! Good luck with the rest. You will make a great therapy dawg!
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    • Thanks Browndawgs,

      It would be great if all the stages were as easy as this one, I wonder if they’ll have treats at the next one? Tee Hee

      Have a fun day,

      Snoops :)

  11. Snoopy! You’re going to be a wonderful therapy dog! Congrats on passing the first step! Hoping one day I’ll be able to become a therapy dog too.
    Kisses, Pepper
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  12. Kudos, Snoopy, and congrats!

    You’ve passed the first stage of this process and there is no reason why you should not pass the rest of the way. After all, you do seem to be just the sort of a dog to work therapeutic magic on the needy.

    Hanna, Udi & Yumbo
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    • Hi Hanna and the gang,

      Yep, Mum thinks I’d love to do Therapy work and I have to agree, well, you can’t get too much attention, can you?! Tee Hee

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)

  13. Oh dear Snoopy….I am sooooo sorry that I missed this milestone…belated CONGRATULATIONS! But there is not doubt in our minds that you will be Super Therapy Dog Extraordinaire! Go Get Em Tiger! Or Dog! : )
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    • Woohoo Rachel,

      I wonder if Mum can get me a badge with ‘Super Therapy Dog Extraordinaire!’ on it?! Tee Hee – oooops, forgot I have to qualify first…… :)

      Wags to all,

      Snoops :)


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