Sure, your dog may roll over when asked, but can they surf and detect what may trigger an adverse reaction from a patient?
Ricochet, a golden retriever and therapy dog, is the star of Puppy Prodigies, a not-for-profit that trains service, therapy and emotional support dogs in San Diego. Ricochet’s talents involve treating patients while riding the waves.
Judy Fridono, who founded Puppy Prodigies in 2007, originally trained Ricochet to be a service dog, but she was more interested in chasing birds. Fridono then discovered Ricochet balanced well on a boogie board and soon, she was competing in surfing contests and surfing alongside patients.
One day, Ricochet was surfing next to a quadriplegic patient and by pure instinct she hopped off her surfboard and onto the patient’s and became a “SURFice dog.”