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Sunshine_Therapy_Dog

My name is Sunshine � I’m a pup in training to help people when I grow up. I’m a white Golden Retriever. My humans love me lots.

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I’ve been a bit quiet because I’ve been having a lot of rest for my elbows. Well, I’m SUPPOSED to be resting. But I’m five months old! I want to run for hours. Cuddles are good though. Mum calls this the cuddling chair. #dogsofinstagram #goldensofinstagram #goldenretriever #puppy #stillgrowing #elbow #puppiesofinstagram #therapydog #maybe

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I’m totally bored with confinement and going a bit crazy so I got into the human child’s paint pots and put paint paws all over the floor. Mum calls this my ‘Braveheart’ look.

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I’m not sure who had the tougher day today, me or Mum. I spent the day at the vet having my elbows x-rayed for fear of elbow dysplasia. Mum paced and paced and paced. So far, my x-rays are normal. Good start! But now I have to stay in strict confinement and on medication for two whole weeks!! Now Mum’s madly searching for ways to keep an energetic pup quiet for all that time 😘🐶 #puppiesofinstagram #dogsofinstagram #dogs #puppies #goldensofinstagram #goldenretriever #sunshinecoast #noosa #vet #elbowdysplasia

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I got to see a wheelchair today because my Aunty Manda had an operation on her leg. It wasn’t scary at all (though the two big pointer dogs who were also at the cafe made me very nervous 😳). #therapydog #sunshine #noosa #sunshinecoast #goldenretriever #goldenretrieverpuppy #goldensofinstagram #training #puppies

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This weekend I graduated from puppy preschool. My family is very proud of me. I got roast lamb and potatoes for dinner!

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I’m 16 weeks old today!

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“Where’s my puppacino?!”

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Mum took me to Nambour today for some out and about time. For some reason I was scared of lots of things today: tunnels, flags, prams, motorbikes, shops 🤔🤷‍♀️? Mum wasn’t sure why. But I did climb the play equipment in Quota Park and practised sit, drop, crawl, roll over, stay and heel. Then we went to Husk and Honey cafe for a smoothie and I got to practise ‘mat time’ while loads if people came to pat me. That part was nice.

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This morning at puppy preschool, I learned to roll over. Mum thought I was very clever.

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But I’m so cute!?!?

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I’ve been discovering my paws and tail lately. Yesterday I fell asleep in Mum’s lap with my paw in my mouth.

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Because I inhale my food instead of eating it... Mum’s making me eat out of a muffin tray.

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Coldest morning this winter and Mum has to take me to puppy preschool on a frosty oval. She’s not happy but I won’t even notice with all my lovely polar fleece.

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Today Mum took me for a walk to wear me out then let me meet the chickens face to face. I thought they smelled amazing! But were a bit scary. (P.S. Mum doesn’t think that will last.)

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Then we celebrated with a wee pamper but she is always more interested in eating the brush then being brushed 😆

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Practising ‘mat training’ in random places, this time on our driveway in the middle of a walk. This is only the third time we’ve done this. I’m pretty impressed, Miss Sunshine!

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Sunshine has made two visits to classes in the past ten days, first to my son's prep class and then today to his old kindergarten.

Both the teachers of these classes were keen to have Sunshine along and it was a great experience for her too. She was really gentle and calm, even when she was enthusiastically 'mobbed' by little hands and took it all in her stride.
For us, this was a fantastic opportunity to introduce Sunshine to the plethora of sensory input classrooms have to offer, from the smell of classrooms, to the sound of bags in bag racks, the feel of many textures of floorings (wood, rubber, concrete, grass, garden, carpet), desks, chairs, school bells, play dough (which she tried to eat!), food scraps in bins, and the feeling of many hands on her all at once.
Today at kindy, she got to walk through a fairy garden boardwalk, and I took treats along to keep her focused on me while we practised 'sit' and 'drop' in a room with 20 people and lots of distractions. Fortunately, she is incredibly food-motivated so getting her attention isn't hard.
It was a wonderful grounding for future visits and both teachers have invited us back again.

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