This one comes from a FB private message, and it has an easy answer: We don’t.
It is physically impossible for 2 mere humans to work full time jobs, maintain a home, care for 2 special needs horses and 13 dogs, some of them special needs, AND have time to train said dogs!
And yet… Of the people who borrow our kids on a regular basis, this is the feedback we get:
One finds our dogs more loving and sociable than her own dog.
Another wants a dog, but wants one ‘just like’ ours, and by “ours”, she means ANY of the kids she borrows.
Yet another found Morty to be better behaved than her own, similarly sized Idiot.
Feedback from previously placed fosters was similar.
Believe it or not, the only reason Franky, Emmi, Gracie, Angus, Vito and Sarah can’t be certified as therapy dogs is because they live in a house where if food falls on the floor, it’s theirs. Therapy dogs are supposed to be polite and leave it.
Well behaved (at least at other people’s homes), easy to walk, very sociable, mostly gentle, cuddly to anyone without being overbearing, and lest we forget, a blast to be around.
What is our “Amazing Method” that can bring so many misfits from such varied backgrounds, thrown together in a single heap, and have every last one of them be considered so well-mannered in public?
I have no clue what to tell you. Honestly. Bet you never saw that coming, did you?