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We are proud to be one of the few organizations who provide highly trained dogs to work in schools. These dogs work with children of all ages with a variety of academic, social and emotional needs. Our volunteers and trainers have extensive knowledge working in schools — we have several retired teachers on staff who help train the facility dogs in our Dogs In Schools program, along with our trainers who train service dogs for children who attend school and have special needs. Our executive director is uniquely qualified to run this program with her 20 plus years as a school psychologist working in an inner-city school district. We now have placed Facility Dogs in Grand Ledge, Portland and Jackson, with East Lansing and Potterville coming soon!
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Facility dogs are trained to do specific tasks and work alongside their handlers as a team. Their skills help improve the lives of the clients they work with. They work in schools, hospitals, dentists offices and a variety of other facilities to support the mental health of those who are there. The are trained to do general tasks for any person in the facility such as laying over a persons lap (cuddle), roll large dice to aid in engagement with student lessons, maintain a close stay for long periods of time with numerous people around them and various other tasks.
Meet Miggz! He is a facility dog at Northwest Elementary School and supports his classmates all day by hanging out with them during math, going to gym with them, and always lending a head to pet.