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Enhancing quality of life and health through the human - animal bond

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In the Beginning
  • April 2015 we have taken on two new standard poodle puppies, Cadbury and River, an exciting journey has begun in training to become Therapy Dogs or join the pack in the Animal Assisted Interventions programs.

  • We have been waiting patiently for the arrival of these puppies.

  • Puppies were purchased from Breeder, Carol Brewley, Lewiston, South Australia. With the help of Carols keen eye, our puppies have been chosen carefully and now have been placed with our puppy socialisers on the 28th March, 2015 at the age of 11 weeks, giving them experiences they need to become confident dogs. These puppies start their basic training from day one on arrival, bonding and basic obedience.

  • From 6 months of age their formal training will begin.

About River
  • Is comical, entertaining, and brimming with personality. 
    • has a very loving nature, he loves to get up close and personable
    • Personalities of the two pups, River is the calm smoocher.
    • River is self sufficient, loves people and is a gentle giant.
    • eager to please by being calm, confident and placid.
    • Very well socialized through exposure at dog parks
    • works fabulously with other dogs in the therapy dog pack, and when he comes across a strange dog for the first time out in the community, he shows good manners. 
    • is very friendly right from the get-go and will approach anyone and everyone
    • Due to River's breed (Standard Poodle) it will be very important on how we raise him as this determines how he will turn out. Obedience training and then further extensive training with exposure and On the job experience training will be an extremely important process for him.
    • River's best pack friend member would be his pup brother, Cadbury, his litter brother.(Chocolate, Standard Poodle) They keep each other company , they play together, and keep each other entertained outside of their training and working times. His second favourite would be Chi Chi (4 year old chihuahua) in which keeps River entertained for hours.
    • When River is not training/working you will find him entertaining himself with his toys and out in the garden, digging and exploring. He loves any opportunity to socialize with the pack, playing chasing games and ball games between them all, on his down time you can find him seeking out a comfy spot for a puppy nap.

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I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free
human being with an independent will. 

 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

About The Poodle

  • Poodles are highly trainable dogs that rarely need to be told what to do more than a few times, a keen working intelligence that makes the dog easy to command

  • a warm and personable disposition with a jolly sense of humor. 

  • Standard Poodles are the most highly recommended for families with children. 

  • They have a kindly demeanor and a love of playing games; 

  • Classified as highly energetic, poodles can also get bored fairly easily, and have been known to get creative about finding mischief: they require walks, toys, and games of fetch regularly to remain happy, they thoroughly love their work as therapy dogs because they have something to do with their day and a purpose.

  • Poodles are often cited as a hypoallergenic dog breed. Unlike most dogs that have double coats, poodles have a single layer coat (no undercoat is present) composed of the dense, tightly curled coat which slows the loss of dead hair by trapping it in the curls. Frequently brushed and bathed this removes hair, but also controls the other potent allergen, saliva.  Our poodles are groomed every day and every 6 to 8 weeks professional groomer in which gets rid of the build-up of hair. They could be considered as hypoallergenic (though not completely allergen-free). The poodle does shed in minimal amounts, but instead of the fur coming off the dog, it becomes tangled in the surrounding hair, but are not as likely to trigger allergies as much as many other breeds. 

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