The Pavilion and Parking lot at the Masonic-Eastern Star Home for Children in Fremont was the testing site for six dogs enrolled in the AKC Canine Good Citizen Program on Saturday, October 22nd. Four of the six dogs tested were certified as therapy dogs at the end of the day, including Louie and his owner/handler Nan Rix, the Grand Master’s Lady. Coincidentally, the certified examiner, Kermit Moore, is a member at Nemaha Valley Lodge No. 4. After an 8-week training program, the handlers and dogs must pass a battery of tests and successfully complete numerous activities to receive a passing grade for certification. To prove they are well trained, the dogs must be able to sit, stay, heel, walk in patterns, interact well with people, be able to “leave it” (people and toys), be secure around medical equipment like wheelchairs and walkers, stay on point, and more.
Now that they are certified therapy dogs, the handlers can take the dogs anywhere with them. The Fremont Public schools is using therapy dogs and Nan hopes to be able to get Louie started soon.