On March 11-12, students at Hart’s Hill Elementary had the opportunity to spend some time with therapy dogs during their school day.
Throughout the course of two days, each class in the school had the chance to visit the therapy dogs in the art room. The students took turns getting to sit on the floor and pet the dogs in small groups, while the rest of the class drew pictures and wrote notes to give the dog owners, thanking them for coming to visit.
While visiting with the dogs, students were relaxed and happy, and they had the chance to ask the dog owners questions such as what kind of training is needed to become a therapy dog, what the dogs are like when they’re not working, and how the dogs know when they’re working. For example, one of the dogs, a chocolate lab, knows he’s “working” when he has a certain collar on. His owner said that when he’s at home he’s energetic and rambunctious, but when he has his “work” collar on, he relaxes and lays down on the ground so that people can pet him.
Staff at Hart’s Hill got the idea for the therapy dog visit after therapy dogs visited students at the High School back in December.
Thank you to the volunteers from Cornell Companions of Oneida County and their therapy dogs for visiting Hart’s Hill!