Therapeutic Benefits from “CHARLIE”

OUR HANDSOME “CHARLIE” HAS BECOME ADULT/CHILD CERTIFIED WITH ST. JOHN AMBULANCE. HE VISITS 4 NURSING HOMES, A HOSPITAL, AN THE LIBRARY WEEKLY…ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL WEEKLY COMMUNITY EVENTS. SO PROUD OF YOU CHARLIE!

Puppy kisses are one of the best therapies one can receive, Emotional and Therapy dogs offer a very specific service.

There is no age requirement but a positive puppy temperament test and good health may make a good candidate to be a therapy dog.

In addition to being adorable and reliable family pets, we have always believed that our dogs should be more than just cute. Labradoodles by Cucciolini was created with the commitment to make something useful out of our puppies, to assist those who could benefit by having Emotional Service or Service trained Labradoodles.

Congratulations to our beautiful “Charlie” and his Family whom has made the commitment to helping those in need!!! GOD BLESS OUR LABRADOODLES AND THEIR FAMILIES!!!

To whom it may concern:

I am Charlie, and I will love you until the end of the earth, but please know a few things about me. I am a puppy; this means that my intelligence and capacity for learning are the same as an 8-month-old child. I am a puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING I can get my teeth on. This is how I explore and learn about the world. Even HUMAN children put things in their mouths. It’s up to you to guide me to what is mine to chew and what is not. 

I am a Charlie; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1-2 hours. I cannot “feel” that I need to poop until it is actually beginning to come out. I cannot vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I cannot have ‘bladder” and bowel control until 6-9 months of age. Do not punish me if you have not let me out for 3 hours and I tinkle. It is your fault. As a puppy, it is wise to remember that I NEED to go potty after eating, sleeping, playing, drinking and around every 2-3 hours in addition. If you want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after 7or 8 pm. A crate will help me learn to housebreak easier, and will avoid you being mad at me. I am a puppy, accidents will happen, please be patient with me! In time I will learn. 

I am Charlie, I like to play. I will run around, and chase imaginary monsters, and chase your feet and your toes and ‘attack’ you, and chase fuzz balls, other pets, and small kids. It is play; it’s what I do. Do not be mad at me or expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day. If my high energy level is too much for you, maybe you should consider an older rescue from a shelter or Rescue group. My play is beneficial, use your wisdom to guide me in my play with appropriate toys, and activities, like chasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me. If I nip you too hard, talk to me in “dog talk”, by giving a loud YELP, I will usually get the message, as this is how dogs communicate with one another. If I get too rough, simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in my crate with an appropriate chew toy. I am a puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit or strike, kick, or beat a 6 month old human infant, so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate, and impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning to fear being hit, spanked, and kicked or beat. Instead, please guide me with encouragement and wisdom. For instance, if I am chewing something wrong, say “no chew!” and hand me a toy I can chew. Better yet, pick up ANYTHING that you don’t want me to get into. I can’t tell the difference between your old sock and your new sock, or an old sneaker and your 200.00 Nike’s.

I am Charlie; and I am a creature with feelings and drives much like your own, but yet also very different. Although I am not human in a dog suit, neither am I an unfeeling robot who can instantly obey your every whim. I truly DO want to please you, and be a part of your family, and your life. You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner and companion, so do not relegate me to the backyard when I get bigger, do not judge me harshly but instead mold me with gentleness and guidelines and training into the kind of family member you want me to be…

I am Charlie; and I am not perfect, and I know you are not perfect either. I love you anyway. So please, learn all you can about training, and puppy behaviors and caring for me from your veterinarian, books on dog care and even researching on the computer! Learn about my particular breed and it’s “characteristics”. This will give you understanding and insight into WHY I do all the things I do. Please teach me with love, patience, the right way to behave and socialize me with training in a puppy class or obedience class, we will BOTH have a lot of fun together.

I am Charlie and I want more than anything to love you, to be with you, and to please you. Won’t you please take time to understand how I work? We are the same you and I, in that we both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort, fear, but yet we are also very different and must work to understand one another’s language, body signals, wants and needs. Someday I will be a handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and one that you will love as much as I love you.  Love, Charlie

Charlie’s new achievement.  He is now a certified St. John Ambulance Dog…….Thank you Misa and Milo for a perfect little boy!!!!!!

The benefits Emotional Support or Service Dogs Provide!

People with a disability report feeling a frustrating lack of independence. Loneliness. Stress on family. Lack of exercise (or lack of sleep). Anxiety, depression, or even suicide. Co-morbidity with other conditions. Lost wages (or the high cost of a lifetime of caregivers). Guilt and even anger, both from the patient and from caregivers.

DOGS CHANGE LIVES…

If a person with a disability gets an Emotional or Service dog, they are more likely to be:

More independent (90%).

Have higher self-esteem (80%).

Be more content (80%)

Be more assertive (80%)

 There are many other types of working dogs out there beyond this list, and new types of jobs for dogs are developed all the time. Isn’t it amazing what dogs can do?

 

For many people with disabilities, animals are an important part of life. Special skills dogs for people who are blind or deaf, of have epilepsy or a physical disability, can enhance independence, safety and community involvement. Therapeutic animals have many benefits, even companion animals can have a special place in the life of a person with a disability.

Physical contact with an animal can be very healing. It has been proven that people who are physically or emotionally isolated from others because of an inability to trust or an inability to form social relationships and those that struggle with communication are able to begin the healing process through their connection with a therapy dog. Animal assisted therapy can reduce feelings of isolation and provide a feeling of safety and unconditional acceptance.

DEPRESSION

The next time a dog comes bounding up to you for a big sloppy kiss and a belly rub don’t back away. In an ongoing study researchers has found that interacting and petting animals creates a hormonal response in humans that can fight depression. It was discovered that levels of serotonin, a hormone in humans that fights depression, rises dramatically after interaction with live animals specifically dogs. The findings also indicated increases in the amounts of prolactin and oxytocin, more of those ‘feel good’ hormones. By showing these benefits the researchers hope to help pet-assisted therapy become a medically accepted intervention that might be prescribed to patients.

AUTISM

Autism is a major public health problem that is the most common neurological disorder affecting children. Autism manifests itself most strikingly as impairments in formation of social relationships and communication. Conventional therapeutic interventions have little impact on the improvement of autistic behaviors. Existing literature suggests that dogs are crucial in children’s social and cognitive development. Human-animal interactions may alleviate stress in children and reduce autistic characteristics and behaviors. Animals can act as transitional objects, where bonds formed between children and animals can be transferred to humans.

Service dogs can be trained to support persons with autism to cope with their sensory and social differences. Jim Sinclair, who has trained a series of service dogs to help him with his own autistic sensory difficulties, explains the ways that dogs can help children and adults with autism.

    1. Assisting them to modulate their sensory and motor behavior.
    2. Dogs can help orientate their owners to their environments and may alert caregivers to any problems.
    3. The social isolation of a person with autism can be overcome when there is a service dog present who attracts positive attention and thus facilitates social interaction with others.
    4. A dog’s natural ability to learn routines can help its owner to learn a sequence of steps in a routine activity, while its ability to recognize and accommodate changes can help a person to be more flexible with unforeseen changes

 

Labradoodles by Cucciolini Therapy DogTHERAPY DOG QUALITIES

Not all dogs make good therapy dogs. Determining your dogs personality will help you to identify what types of therapy activities will be best suited for him and the type of training you will need to do. Its very important that puppies receive a lot of healthy human interaction in the first weeks of life.

From birth until maturity, your dog goes through a number of developmental stages. What happens during these stages has a lasting effect on how your dog turns out, his ability to learn, his outlook on life, and his behavior. A reputable breeder will have expensive hands on contact with your puppy during the early stages of development. When you receive your puppy at about 8 weeks of age it is important that he be exposed to many different people, children as well as older people. This will help him to be confident in the presence of strangers.

It has long been known that the presence of a pet in a household has a profound affect on the health of its human companions. “Pets decrease blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. They reduce morbidity and mortality related to heart disease.” What is clear is that there is a link between pet ownership and better health. Simply put, pets are not just good friends, they are good medicine.

 

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