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Old 06-07-2014, 05:24 PM
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My dog passed his TDI test

As of this afternoon, he's now CGC, CGCA, and TDI certified, or he will be once all the appropriate paperwork is filed. His recall was still more of a stroll than a race to get to me, but apparently speed wasn't essential, and he was rock solid on all the things that have to do with actual therapy work--he was more than happy to be petted by anyone, couldn't have cared less about wheelchairs, noises, people running past him, or playing children (living next door to someone who babysits for four kids has its advantages, apparently) etc.

Two of the trainers wanted to take him home with them and another said,"He's going to be brilliant at this" and then added, "Well, you too, of course." I found that funny, as I'm so used to being an afterthought to my dogs that it surprises me when I'm greeted before he is when we're together.
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@Tilden that's awesome, glad it all worked out for you two
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Yesterday, he managed to scrape his right eye, chasing songbirds through the bushes in my backyard, so now he's on an anti-inflammatory and eye drops, and his head is encased in the cone of shame. The first time he went out to relieve himself post-cone, he came back in with a leaf from the same bushes stuck inside his cone.

He may have passed his TDI test, but he appears to have a long, steep learning curve.
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@Tilden I don't know whether to cry or laugh at that comment, so I'll cry with laughter lol. Get Well Soon, Cone Boy :-)
For learning curve comparison, Z had to wear one, hour 1 she caught it on the fence and cracked it slightly before going to bed, still groggy from anesethic. The next morning she walked outside to pee, finished, turned and rammed the fence like a buck, shattering the cone of shame lol

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This morning, he went out into the yard, went back to those bushes and started smacking his cone against the lower branches/twigs and breaking them. When I told him to knock it off, he looked at me like I had some nerve telling him what to do, but he did stop and walk away from the bushes with great reluctance.

At his vet appointment this morning, the vet thought his eye looked much better, but she stained it just to confirm that. Then she told me I could wean him off the cone, putting it back on him only if he started scratching at the eye again, which he has not. He's got one last day on the anti-inflammatory and has to take the dreaded eye drops through the weekend. After that, he only has to come back for a recheck if the eye appears to get worse again.

I'm strongly considering buying him a pair of doggles, just to give him some protection against low-hanging branches and twigs, because he doesn't seem to be showing any signs of staying away from those bushes willingly, and I really don't want to cut them down entirely, as they offer some privacy between my yard and my neighbors' yard.
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Thank you. It means he went from a stray at a humane society to certification in a little less than a year, which I really like. Actually, it could probably have been sooner than that, but because I had to drive to a facility in the country about twenty minutes each way for the training/test, I waited for the spring session rather than deal with driving county rounds in January. It also made the practicing easier as well, since we could work on his skills both inside and out, whereas it was too cold/icy to do that in the winter.
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