Maybe if you explained your situation more, we could understand better. Your last post was some what vague. If you want a therapy dog or something of that sort for disabled children, thats a different story. It sounded like you wanted a new puppy to throw in the kid pen to shut em up!
Yeah I agree with msquires. Yorkshire terriers aren't known to be therapy dogs, please. Little dogs shouldn't be put under pressure, little kids frighten them. Read all the advice on the other post. And try to understand us..
Please give more details so we can help you, is this a group home situation, are you babysitting in your home, their home, how old are the kids, do they have different levels of abilities, are they wheelchair bound, use crutches, canes, are they hearing impaired, blind. I had a brother who was mentally disabled and wheelchair bound but he loved for you to put a small dog on his lap to pet and give treats to and then he loved to hold the leash of bigger dogs and let them help pull his wheelchair but he wasn't capable of taking care of a pup like feeding him or taking him outside. The reason I said I had a brother, Bobby was his name, is because he passed away this past December and he is missed very much and my Cody misses going and seeing him and getting all those extra treats and getting a free ride ! :) Cody and Bobby were very good friends.
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If you are looking for a dog to "supplement" your dog's play time with the kids a larger, more even-tempered dog would be a much better idea. Look into maybe a spaniel, a retriever, or even a standard poodle. They aren't so delicate and are much more willing to play a bit rougher than a yorkie would be.
I saw a standard poodle that was a service dog when I was at the Grand Canyon a few years ago. I never knew before that that they were used as service dogs. I've never been a big poodle fan myself, but the standards are beautiful.
Sienna.... small dogs make GREAT therapy dogs. A cairn terrier that goes to class with Jasmine is starting his training once he turns a year. He's going to be awesome. People in hospitals and nursing homes LOVE little dogs because they jump right into your lap. It's not stressful to them.
Little kids only frighten dogs that are not socialized with kids.
YorkLuva, why free? Do you plan on purchasing this dog to add to your family? I suggest a lab or something for a therapy dog, although I do agree that small dogs are great for that however, they are pretty expensive and you won't find any for free (that are healthy.)
Riley, if you bothered to read my other post you would understand. Why doesn't she just use her current puppy for a therapy dog ? Not that she's even using it to be a therapy dog, if you bothered to read the posts. Even dogs well socialized with kids get frightened. Max is socialized with little kids, and normally loves them, but a kid in the park ran up to him so quick he was terrified. It varies in different circumstances IMHO.
I am also not the only person who said that, a lot of people had similar views to me. So don't direct that to me, but to the others of this post.
***Edited By: siennalovesmax on 7/12/2006 6:53:19 PM*** Reason: Added text
You were the only one that said yorkies are not therapy dogs, which is why it was directed to you. I don't know what the OP's intentions are nor do I care, but small dogs are not always afraid of little kids, and they are great therapy dogs.
What I meant was Yorkie's are not great therapy dogs. They're often shaky as it is, and at a small size understandably. I've met five yorkies that were friendly but fragile, each afraid of small, loud kids. I know smaller dogs can make great therapy dogs, but if you read her last post she wants it "for a companion" for some kids she babysits. Why doesn't she just use the puppy she has now?
I don't excuse a small dog being scared because it's small. Socialize it properly. There were quite a few yorkies in the puppy class when I did it, they were all very confident and not afraid to be picked up, and loved to play with anyone, including kids.
Again, I don't know what the OP's intentions are or what she wants with the puppy, she didnt make that clear.
Did you read what you wrote under that..? "Little dogs shouldn't be put under pressure, little kids frighten them"..... There is no rule saying YOU need to respond either Sienna, thelifeofriley was simply disagreeing with your statement which I don't agree with either.
Well whatever I agree with the statement that little dogs scare easily. I know from experience, although Max isn't like that often. You clearly don't understand my post, I worded it wrong and don't know how else to phrase it for you to actually understand.
Cosette, featured in Yorkshire Terrier Magazine by Fancy Publications, is a little yorkie who was trained as a service dog, she can do lots of things for her owner! She even knows how to dial 911. www.cosettescloset.com is Cosette's owners site go to http://www.cosettescloset.com/product.html and click the story of cosette's closet. :)
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