Children learn and work with dogs!

From the Herald Tribune in Sarasota, Florida comes this news...

By SARAH LANSKY CORRESPONDENT

Fifty sixth-grade students at Laurel Nokomis School received certificates at a special awards ceremony on May 8 after completing "K9 for Kids," a course designed to teach them how to make good judgments by working with therapy dogs.

The students, selected on recommendations from principal Nancy Dubin, their teachers, counselors and the school resource officer, learned to "Paws and Think" about their actions and the consequences.

Throughout the school year, a series of five-week classes paired 10 students with volunteers and their therapy dogs.

Through interaction with the dogs, the students developed skills to help them be better citizens, make friends, build self-esteem, resolve conflict and learn not to succumb to peer pressure.

They also learned the proper way to approach and pet dogs.

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