Paisley's Therapy Training

Hi everyone! This is an out-of-the-norm post for me, but I wanted to share a little bit about Paisley, our sweet 4-year-old labradoodle because lately I have been receiving a lot of questions on Instagram! She is very goofy, very sweet, and I will tell you a bit more about her!

Paisley was our original baby, and she has become a sweet and caring big sister to Cooper! As I mentioned, if you follow me on Instagram you will see her in many of my stories. She is as patient as she is excited to spend time with Cooper, even if that means him crawling all over her while she tries to sleep. We often get questions about what type of dog she is and many comments on her puppy-like appearance. We are complimented on her calm demeanor (those people don’t see her after she gets a bath or at the dog park) and I am often asked why she doesn't eat all my food! So, I will tell you why!

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Paisley is a F1 labradoodle, which means she is 50% lab and 50% poodle. Her mom was a BIG beautiful white/yellow lab (70 pounds) and her dad was a small apricot poodle (24 pounds). Insert goofy emoji face here! F1 labradoodles are first generation. So as mentioned, this is a Poodle bred to a Labrador Retriever or a Golden Retriever. The resulting puppies are 50% Poodle and 50% Retriever and that is why Paisley looks more like a lab. She has a lot of her mom in her. Only downside is that she does shed. The next generation of doodle (when a labradoodle is bread to a lab or poodle) are the ones that do not shed. I know, confusing.

Paisley came from Virginia! Her breeder, Julie of Riverbluff Retrievers, is fantastic. She and her husband are veterinarians and we have had a wonderful experience with them. In fact, my Alex's parents have Paisley's sister and Alex's sister and her husband have Paisley's brother! That is right, we have three in the family!

When Paisley was 2 we sent her to Sit Means Sit in Chicago for a week. Sit Means Sit is a national organization, the largest training company in America. We loved them! It was there that she was trained to listen very very well and it was recommended to us that she become a therapy dog, because of her demeanor. We began the training with The Go Team and later that fall, October 2016, Alex and I spent about 20 hours training with The Go Team to become certified handlers. We went into Nordstorm, up escalators, on a fire truck, under a bus, and much much more! Paisley passed with flying colors and the fun began!

It is hard to take her places because we are so busy, and it takes a lot of time. We are hoping to do more and when we have the chance to put her to work it is very fulfilling for both Paisley and for us! Next up? We are reading at The Lake Forest Library this fall and hopefully we can get out and about more in 2019. I would love to have Paisley trained as a crisis dog. Those are the dogs you see that are flown into areas where people need to snuggle with dogs. You may have seen this article about dogs helping students return to school in Parkland. What a wonderful thing dogs can do.

Any questions? Message me on Instagram @addiegundry