PA Program goes to the dogs
September 28, 2015 – Class of 2017 PA students (along with several
faculty and staff) attended a lunch and learn session today about the
differences between therapy dogs and service dogs given by Geralyn Kelly from Elite Canine. In addition to providing obedience training, Elite
Canine trains service dogs and developed the Fostering Friendship Therapy Dog
Team, which volunteers throughout the community. Several members of the therapy
dog team and their animals attended the lunch and learn session.
of the Fostering Friendship Therapy Dog Team. Elite Canine owner Geralyn Kelly
is third from left with her arms around Nanook.
Ms. Kelly explained to students that dogs trained to provide
services to a person with a disability are service dogs, whereas therapy dogs
are trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, retirement
homes, nursing homes, schools, hospices, disaster areas, and so on. As became
apparent at today’s session, therapy dogs can also provide welcome stress
relief to hardworking PA students!
Ms. Kelly answered students’ questions and invited
the therapy dog owners to lift their dogs up at the podium in the PA classroom
so the Boone students attending by teleconference could "meet" the animals. After the
presentation, Winston students were delighted to be able to pet the
dogs and talk with their owners.