Summer School R.E.A.D. in Mayville

Our R.E.A.D. teams have just concluded 4 weeks of Summer School pet therapy at the Mayville Middle School.  We were able to schedule 13 1st grade students and 19 2nd grade students to read to our dogs.  Thanks to the following dogs and their handlers:

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Gracie

 

 

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Betty Boop

 

Deja Vu

Deja Vu

Camper

Camper

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Oreo

 

 

 

Molly

Molly

New Teams Needed

The list of facilities that would like to benefit from Pet Therapy/Enrichment is growing. We are looking for new trained teams to meet the demand.  We have added Katie and her boxer, CiCi to our group.  They are ready for pet therapy.  However, we still need interested people who have wonderful dogs and some extra time to consider becoming a Pet Therapy Team.  For more information of what is involved, visit http://www.therapyanimals.org or look through this website for articles and photos of training, evaluations and the great fun we have with our special BARCC pets!

Summer School and R.E.A.D.

This month, BARCC teams will be in two cities for Summer School, giving children a chance to read to one of our dogs.

This week, 6 teams will share the opportunity to visit Mayville Middle School for the Reading Education Assistance Dogs program.  The children have turned their permission slips and today, we saw 18 sweet, excited children walk through the Library door to read to a special dog.  On Tuesdays, we will see 18 more children so that everyone has a chance to read at least once a week.

The R.E.A.D. program is also beginning in Juneau this week.  More details to follow…

Stress Relief for College Students

During the month of May, college students are preparing for finals, which can be quite stressful.  For the past several years, B.A.R.C.C. teams have been visiting college campuses for a couple of hours on certain days to meet and greet the students.  It’s so interesting and fun to meet the students and see how our dogs give them pleasure.  Lots of petting goes on during these sessions and we also learn about the students’ goals and aspirations.  This year, we are scheduled to visit Carroll University in Waukesha, WI and UW – West Bend in West Bend, WI.

Pet Safety Time

Here we are in April and May, when B.A.R.C.C. provides pet safety programs for the local school children.  We are currently scheduled to give our program at all the 4K classes in Mayville, at SAGES in Beaver Dam and for students at Plat Elementary in Colgate, WI.  Before the summer, the students will learn how to be safe around dogs they don’t know and also around their own pets.  It’s amazing how much the children remember from year to year and how they demonstrate this knowledge whenever they approach our dogs.

Here are four of our teams at Theresa Learning Center after presenting our Pet Safety Program. Daisey, Betty Boop and Kona all helped the children practice approaching and petting a dog.

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Successful Evaluations!

Five of our BARCC teams (dog and handler) were re-evaluated this past Saturday for Intermountain Therapy Animals registration.  All five teams passed with flying colors!  Our teams are required to be tested every two years to be sure the handler and animal are still providing excellent service to the people we visit. There are many things to remember for both handler and dog.  The dog must remember basic commands such as sit, down, stay, come, leave it, walk and stop.  He or she must also be ok with rough petting, noisy people, wheelchairs, walkers, brushing and examination by a stranger (the evaluator).  The handler must remember to protect and advocate for the dog, know how to approach someone in a wheelchair, teach others how to approach the animal and continually interact appropriately with groups of people.  It’s a little nerve wracking, but it’s a group effort to participate in the evaluation scenarios and encourage the teams.  Congratulations to Diane and Camper, Bob and Kona, Lynne and Oreo, Darlene and BaileyRose and Dar and Betty Boop!

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