Woody will be joining his handler/owner at her school nurse position at Shelby Hills Preschool and Wilma Valentine Childcare with the Shelby County Board of Developmental Disabilities. His goals are to disrupt certain negative behaviors and administer deep pressure therapy to help calm and comfort children with autism, stress, and anxiety disorders and to retrieve during therapy sessions. Woody will also earn his Canine Good Citizen title during training with us. Everyone is super excited for Woody to join the team!
Rusty is a standard poodle puppy from the Johnny x June 2022 litter that is being trained as a therapy dog for Coldwater Exempted Village Schools. Rusty will work towards his CGC and also learn tasks such as deep pressure therapy and behavior interruption to ease anxiety, stress, anger, and other strong emotions found in school. He has also been a welcomed addition to the school staff for boosting morale for students and staff all together!
Mylo is a golden retriever puppy that was donated to our program by Becky Snyder of Celina, Ohio. He spent his first several weeks of the program with his foster family, the Caskey's who have done wonderful with working on manners, potty training, crate training, and socialization, as well as beginning some of his tasks. We are so grateful to have wonderful foster families to help out with these amazing dogs. He is being trained for Kylie Miller as a psychiatric service dog for her bipolar, OCD, PTSD, and anxiety. Mylo will be assisting Kylie through social situations that she can often find difficult by easing panic attacks and flashbacks with deep pressure therapy and behavior interruption when she begins to disassociate. He will also be trained to retrieve medication in response to an alarm, to remind his handler to take her medication in a timely manner. His last task will be crowd control, to allow his handler space when she is feeling overwhelmed in a public situation. In addition to his tasks, Mylo will also be working towards his Canine Good Citizen.
Murphey is an English Cream Golden Retriever being trained for Justine Porath, who uses a motor wheelchair. Murphey will help bring Justine more independence at home. He is training to retrieve water bottles on command if she needs a drink, and pick up her phone if she would be to drop it, and open handicap doors when needed. He is also learning to hit an alert button if she needs something. Murphey also helps Justine with her anxiety when needing to do testing or other medical treatments. He is working towards his CGC test and is already doing incredible at his tasks!
Brody is a bernedoodle that was donated by Grand Lake Bernadoodles out of Celina, Ohio. Brody will be joining the students and staff of Mississinawa Valley Local Schools full time in the Fall. He will be working closely with students and staff to provide academic, as well as, social and emotional support through positive interactions. Classroom visits will be part of his regular routine where he can listen to readers, help practice math facts, calm nerves, and encourage our young learners. Brody has a BIG job, but we are confident that with the help of his trainers and the support from Anything is Pawsable, he will be the best addition to the Blackhawk family.