My first day at work I had the pleasure of meeting Diane, Ovelle and Prairie. I had never had the experience of working with assistance dogs in a therapy setting and by the end of my day I was very impressed! For example, one child’s goal was to descend and ascend stairs. With Diane, Ovelle and Prairie there, they were able to motivate the child to take steps up to a ball at the top of the stairs and then throw the dogs the ball, descend back down the stairs and throw the ball – over and over again. It was all done in delight and excitement AND at the same time achieving the child’s goals without resistance or tears! – Ashely Matthews

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