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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.

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Members 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!

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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.

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