There was just one problem: Taka was aggressive towards her other dogs. Although the thought of giving him up broke her heart, Lesley could not keep a dog with serious behavior problems.
That’s when someone recommended the Canine Training Project. Despite his age and lack of prior training, Taka immediately rose to the challenge.
“[Older dogs] can be trained just like any other dog,” CTP founder, Mandy Foster told WRDW News. “Sometimes it takes a little bit longer, but in Taka’s case he’s nine-years-old and he has flown through his training. He’s brilliant.”
Taka did well with his training, and Chrystal was able to keep the pup. In the end, she decided to adopt him!
“I had been taking him home with me every day, so eventually I realized I couldn’t part with him,” Lesley says. That’s when Taka officially became Lesley’s. “After months of recovery and the impact he had on the community. I was approached by a nurse at the burn center about Taka coming in to visit burned children, in hopes of giving them something to relate to.”
Lesley knew right away that Taka’s personality was perfect for this job. “He LOVES kids and people,” she says. She describes him as the perfect mixture of silly and sweet. “I thought about it and decided that he was too special not to share him with the world.”
Taka took his Canine Good Citizen test on July 26, 2019, and he passed with flying colors! Now, Taka will be able to start working with patients at the burn center.
“To see that he could be an encouragement or at least a light at the end of the tunnel for a child or anybody that has gone through what he’s gone through is what all of this is about,” Chrystal said.
Taka is a brave, resilient pup who is going to make a great therapy dog! We’re so glad that Taka has found such a great place to call home.
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