Breed: Cockapoo- a mix of Cocker Spaniel and Poodle.
Birthday - 5/24/2022
Hobbies: Collecting trash out of the yard and jumping on people when I am not allowed.
Titles - Therapy Dog (THD), Trick Dog Novice(TKN) , Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) Community Canine.
Therapy dogs are trained to provide comfort, support, and affection to people. There job is to make you make you happier and provide comfort when you need it. They are trained in obedience, behavior, and socialization. Therapy dogs are not service dogs and do not have special privileges in shopping centers, on airplanes, and in restricted housing. Ollie is only treated specially at Prairieville Counseling by our therapists and clients.
Ollie has earned the titles of AKC Therapy Dog (THD), AKC Good Citizen Test (CGC) and AKC Community Canine or Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) . Ollie is also learning tricks and has earned the Trick Dog, Novice (TKN) title. Ollie is a member of the Bayou Buddies Pet Therapy Program – Louisiana Capital City Obedience Club.
Ollie is still learning and is learning both hand and verbal commands. Clients are welcome to help train him by waiting to pet him until he is calm, not allowing him to nip at hands or jump onto clients, giving him treats for waiting, and using basic commands (sit, stay, down, come). If a client prefers that Ollie be in another room or be in his crate during sessions, please let Prairieville Counseling staff know.
There are designated spaces in Prairieville Counseling offices for Ollie. This is Ollie’s space where he can rest, sleep, and/or take a break without interruption or intrusion. This includes his bed, crate, and his “office under the stairs”. Clients should not interact with Ollie when he is in the locations.
There is a lot of research that show that having animals in therapy session has positive benefits in the therapeutic process. Animals are proven to increase good oxytocin, dopamine, and serotonin in your body. And looking into their eyes gives a boost of these hormones. Client that are processing trauma have been shown to find peace playing with animals or just being around them. Additional benefits of Animal Assisted Therapy are:
ALLERGYS - Although a specific client may not be interacting with Ollie, he will still be present in the Prairieville Counseling office. If the client has an allergy to dogs, please let us know so that we can make appropriate accommodations.
SANATATION - Hand sanitizer, soap and lint rollers are provided in our bathrooms.
OTHER ANIMALS - To protect the safety and wellbeing of Ollie, our clients, and our staff- no other pets or emotional support animals are permitted at Prairieville Counseling. Trained service animals are always permitted. Please notify our staff of your intent to have them accompany you to your therapy session so that Ollie can be removed from the premises or secured prior to their arrival.
Sit – Thumbs up.
Stay – flat palm towards him.
Down – (lay on floor) point to floor.
No – for anything he shouldn’t be doing.
Come – pat the left shoulder with your hand.
Leave it – to not pick up something.
Drop It – drop an item he has.
Get it – bring you an item (including toys)
Quiet – use this if he barks.
Target – touch his nose to your hand or an object.
Lap – he will lay on your lap.
Watch Me – look in your eyes.
Okay – this is a release command that means he is free to do what he wants.
On – to get on couch or chair. (Pat the place you want him to jump)
Off – return to floor. (Use it when he jumps on you).
Bed – crate in my office
Kennel – under the stairs
Spot –Go to the last step
Spin – make a circle over his head with one finger, counterclockwise.
Chin – he will put his chin on a flat palm.
Jump – He will jump over a low bar or object.
Speak – bark on cue.
Shake – shake hands.
Paws – while sitting on couch, pat both of your knees for him to put his paws on your knees. If standing pat your stomach.
Paws Up – while sitting or crouching hold one arm in a “L” and he will put paws on it.
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