Friday, May 6, 2011

Jack's Future

Our main reason for going to Florida this past weekend was to see what Jack's future was.  We had concerns about his fearful dog aggression and I wanted Chris to see it before we decided what to do with him.  He exhibited his fearful aggression the minute we entered the property.  All of us had a discussion about him and decided he was meant to be a full-time Animal Assisted Therapy Dog with Tom at BodyFixx in Lake Forest.  He was already working there on weekends and loves going.  We all decided there was no point trying to make him something he didn't want to be when he already had a job.

As an Animal Assisted Therapy Dog, Jack will help thousands of people.  He is still just as important as a service dog.  He will be trained to work with a brace harness to help people walk.  He will play fetch with people so they can exercise their arms in a fun way.  He will be able to be groomed so that someone can use their fingers.

Chris will be flying up at some point to train Tom, Alice and me on all the things Animal Assisted Therapy dogs can do.  Jack currently is enjoying life with Tom and Alice.  He also was an absolute rock star on his first ever plane ride.  He has come very far from the completely clueless dog he was only 5 months ago!

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