Koda's The MuNashee Promise, CGC, TDI 4th Place RRCUS National Sweeps
Tonight Nash delighted the evaluator from Therapy Dogs International (TDI) and received certification to be a Therapy Dog at the tender age of 12 months old. Nash also passed the 10-step Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test. The evaluator said to his knowledge he had never given TDI certification to a Ridgeback before. The breed is typically stubborn and strong-willed.
I must say I was holding my breath BOTH times Nash was asked to sit — the easiest task on the list. He casually reached way out with his front paws, stuck his rump into the air, and elaborately stretched before slowly seating himself. Uggh! — showing some of that stubbornness. But when I stole a glance at the evaluator, he just chuckled — which caused Nash to cock his head in pure Ridgeback form with raised brow and tilted ears. From there out the evaluator kept praising Nash and saying what a beautifully behaved dog he was. I am so happy for how Nash responded after all of the training we've done together.
Thank you for your instruction. It was priceless! I had read many books, taken obedience classes, and watched many videos, but I needed those private lessons in order for you to critique me and show me where I was failing. At first, it was a bit hard on the ego, but I knew you were right, and that I needed to make adjustments in my thinking and handling. In just three one-on-one lessons, we got things turned around, and now can enjoy Nash for the incredible dog that he is. God has made him very beautiful with a temperament that is calm, curious, and eager to please. I'm looking forward to sharing Nash and God's love with others, and hoping to bring some joy to lives that may be hurting.