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I underestimated my therapy dog today

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Today when we met with Julian, I brought one of the new toys I got for Benny. It is the toy Boise plays with and it is a bit more difficult for Benny. He has only had it a few days and learned to open two of the four compartments. Benny is a very persistent dog. He loves to learn new things and never gives up.

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But this game did challenge him.

It is a Kyjen game for dogs called Jigsaw Glider. Boise can open the four compartments with his mouth, nose or tongue!

Benny prefers to use his paws with most of his other toys and sometimes his mouth.

This particular game has two sections that Benny learned to open very quickly. But the other two were really hard for him and he had not been successful yet.

I brought his breakfast kibble with me for Julian to put in the compartments for Benny to then discover. The days we work with treats I don't give Benny breakfast. He gets to eat with Julian!

As Julian was filling the game with one treat in each section, I said "I don't think he can open those" as he went to the harder ones.

Our wonderful therapist said to me "Don't underestimate Benny!"

So Julian filled all four sections and you know what?

With great dedication and persistence, Benny was able to open all four sections and find his treats!

And while Benny was working on his game, Julian was reading a book, right next to Benny. Julian kept his concentration on the book even though Benny moved over and lay down on his foot!

Both boys were able to achieve new goals today and I learned the most important lesson of all: never underestimate anyone or any dog!

You rock Julian and Benny!



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