We had our 2nd successful therapy dog training outing this weekend (you can read about the first here)! As we go through our year-long training with Paws of Purpose we are required to attend 4 monthly outings with the group and trainer. Usually there are 2-3 outings offered per month and we can attend 1 or all of them. Of course, the more we attend the quicker Eloise will adjust to being put in these uncomfortable situations. So chances are we’ll be attending them all!
Back to this weekend, the planned outing was to a Sunday afternoon IMAX movie. A dark theater, loud sounds, and a disorienting screen…we knew we needed Eloise to get in a little practice at the movies before the outing. So Saturday evening August, Eloise, and I went and saw Silver Linings Playbook, which was a really good movie. We opted for the handicap seats (don’t worry we weren’t taking them from anyone who was actually hanicap!) and it wasn’t the most relaxing movie-watching experience of my life. Let’s just say that I don’t recommend a movie with excessive door-bell ringing as the best choice for your dog’s first time. Thankfully the people around us were kind and did not complain about the occasional bark (at least they didn’t complain to our face).
Sunday afternoon we headed to the IMAX theather. Eloise was dressed in her Sunday finest.
There were 3 other dogs there going through training. I can only imagine what people walking by were thinking when they saw all the dogs hanging out in the middle of the mall.
And this is Daisy, who belongs to Tracy the head trainer. No joke, Daisy is the most obedient and well-behaved dog I’ve ever seen in my life. You’ll notice in the picture below that there’s no one holding her leash. She’s in the middle of the mall with tons of people walking by and no one keeping her from moving, and she didn’t budge an inch. I can only hope that Eloise is as well-behaved by the end of all this!
I don’t know if it was the practice the night before, the presence of 4 other well-behaved dogs, or the fact that I came prepared with Elly’s all-time favorite snack, cheese, but she did SO good during the movie. Gave me hope that we really can do this therapy thing with her.
And when we went grocery shopping after our outing we had multiple people come up, ask to pet Eloise, and tell us how happy they were to see and pet her. It really reaffirmed our desire to complete this training and I can’t wait to be able to take her into hospitals and court houses to interact with people who might need a little more love and happiness in their lives.