Ragnar’s 6th Grief Therapy Class

For our final therapy class, we visited the nice folks at the VA. We got to hang out under the trees and socialize with a bunch of friendly veterans, which the dogs loved of course. Socializing is essentially what Ragnar does on a daily basis at work, so he was very much in his natural Read more…

Ragnar’s 5th Grief Therapy Class

For the next-to-last class in our therapy training course, we went to Home Depot to do a little real-world interaction. We practiced walking through the store, greeting friendly shoppers, and even dodging the forklifts that seem to be cruising through the building on a continual basis! We made our way out into the garden supplies Read more…

Ragnar’s 4th Grief Therapy Class

In our fourth class, we had a guest visit with us to share some insight into the testing and certification process. She gave us an idea of the expectations, both for the dogs and their handlers, that testers have on test day. This informative, and much-appreciated visit lasted for about half of our class period, Read more…

Ragnar’s Third Grief Therapy Class

In the third week of therapy class, the students reviewed some familiar exercises and were introduced to a couple of new ones as they prepare for an upcoming field trip to a local nursing home. Hope and Candice tested the students on their reactivity to people using walkers and wheelchairs. The dogs were expected to Read more…

Ragnar’s Second Therapy Class

Ragnar came to class straight from an evening visitation he was requested for and still managed to do a commendable job staying alert and involved. This week we worked quite a bit with the students’ abilities to maintain composure and hold commands amidst distractions. Distractions included loud and unusual noises, people moving around the dogs, Read more…

Ragnar’s First Therapy Class

The first week of therapy dog class for Ragnar went great. Three of his classmates from the Canine Good Citizen class are in this class, along with four other friendly dogs. Week 1 was an introduction to what the expectations and requirements are for getting certified as a therapy dog, plus some review of what Read more…

Ragnar’s Final CGC Class

Thursday night was the big night for Mr. Ragnar…test night! After six weeks of class, plus plenty of practicing at home and around the office, the final exam finally arrived. We are thrilled to announce that our sweet, hard-working man completed every one of the exercises in the test, flawlessly! The “Ragamuffin” passed with flying Read more…

Ragnar’s 5th Class

The fifth class served mainly as a review in preparation for the test that will be conducted in the sixth and final class. The dogs and their handlers went through each part of the test as a sort of dry run so everyone will know which areas their dog might need a little more practice Read more…

Ragnar’s 4th Class

This was the fourth week of Ragnar’s six-week Canine Good Citizen class, and our favorite good boy made us proud once again! He and his classmates spent time reviewing some of the lessons from previous weeks and started some new material too. Raggy-boy had a bath earlier in the day, so he was looking and Read more…

Ragnar’s Third Class

Ragnar seems to have settled into his class comfortably at this point and is noticeably better at staying focused and avoiding distractions from the dogs and humans around him. In class this week, the students practiced walking through a crowd of people. The dogs had to continue walking obediently — not straying from the course, jumping Read more…

Ragnar’s Second CGC Class

March 7. Ragnar had a productive second Canine Good Citizen class and did a great job with the new lessons introduced by Hope and her assistant, Candice. The first scenario Ragnar and his classmates were tested with was approaching and greeting a friendly stranger. This, of course, is nothing new to Ragnar, since he interacts Read more…

Ragnar’s First Class

February 28: Along with his human, Sam Oakey, IV and Sam’s Mom, Mitzi, Ragnar attended his first Canine Good Citizen class. Hope from High Hopes Dog Training teaches this class at Green Ridge Recreation Center. Ragnar’s first class went great! There are eight dogs in the class and Rags is definitely one of the best behaved. Read more…