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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Summer Visits 2015

Our BARCC teams have had a very busy summer.  We started out by presenting our Dog Safety Programs in local grade schools.  After that, the R.E.A.D. teams listened to students read to them in the Dodgeland and Mayville Summer School sessions.  The emphasis on reading during the summer prepares the students (grades 1-3) for the fall semester reading challenges.  Because the summer school is open to both public and parochial students, it’s an opportunity for some of the students to read to the dogs even though their schools don’t have a R.E.A.D. program during the school year.

Dog Safety Teams at Richmond Elementary

Dog Safety Teams at Richmond Elementary