THERAPY & ASSISTANCE DOGS
Many of our Cavoodle babies have gone to homes where they have been professionally trained as an assistance dog or therapy dog. We have also had a lot of our babies go to homes that have children with special needs and conditions such as autism.
Below are some testimonials from families that own these dogs and how they have helped them and their children.
A big Happy 2nd Birthday to my Assistance Dog in Training (ADiT)Chilli and his seven siblings!
The selection process in finding the perfect dog was extremely important. As an owner / trainer I was investing many thousands of dollars and hours. Much research and talking to experts in the industry convinced me I wanted a male Cavoodle. I would be taking the dog with me in public so definitely needed a non-shedding dog who would not affect those with allergies. After seeing my request on a Cavoodle Breeders group, Catherine here at PepperTree Lane contacted me with news of a pending litter. Needless to say I feel so lucky to have been in the right place at the right time. The short wait for the perfect pup was well worth it.
Once Maple (King Charles Cavalier) and Billie’s (Miniature Poodle) littler was born, Catherine was in contact with me almost daily sending through photos and videos so we could monitor the behaviour and character of the pups. Temperament and stamina were very important however there was a fine line between choosing an intelligent, social pup versus an overly confident and bossy pup. An Assistance dog should be a bright and eager learner, quick to respond to instructions and not shy or timid of people and noises around them.
Chilli has been a delight to watch grow into an intelligent, protective and very loving companion and helper. It is very evident he has come from good bloodlines and had excellent care during his first 8 weeks of life at PepperTree Lane. He is strong and healthy and has never been to the Vet apart from vaccinations. He is very agile and energetic, jumping on and off my lap with ease, god help me! He will scoff down anything and thankfully seems to have a cast iron gut (don’t tell his PepperTree Lane breeders, especially not that Vet Daddy David!) So all in all, he has given me no trouble and no additional expense health wise.
I should tell you I use an electric wheelchair for mobility and live in my own home. As it is just us at home, he is also very protective of me and very responsive to my needs, often detecting I need his assistance before I have a chance to ask. I have more confidence in my independence now than ever before. With the help of Assistance Dog trainers at Advance Behavioural Training here in Adelaide, there is so much Chilli has learnt to do to make my life easier. He loves to learn and I am continuously laying awake thinking up new tasks for him. So far, apart from passing his obedience skills classes Level 1 - 4, here is a snapshot of some of the assistance tasks he does with ease…
• Opens / shuts doors, drawers, cupboards, his crate door
• Open and closes the microwave and fridge
• Shuts the front gate when we arrive home
• Collects the mail and brings it to me
• brings his lead and training vest to the lounge where I can reach him to put them on
• Wipes his paws on the outside mat
• Picks up anything I drop – t.v. remotes, keys, brush, cutlery, coins, wallet etc
• Picks up his small floor mat or “blanky” and gives it to me when we are leaving to go home
• Finds my phone and brings it to me – all my benches are low for access reasons.
- This is probably one of his most important tasks in the event my chair breaks down.
• Puts washing in the machine and rubbish in the bin
So, here we are two years on and Chilli is about to sit his 2hour Assistance Dog exam with the SA Cat and Dog Board.
Thankyou Catherine and crew at PepperTree Lane for breeding such smart, healthy and amazingly switched on pups.