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Sydney, Trained Therapy Dog, Visits Denver

posted Dec 21, 2017, 9:58 AM by Karen Long   [ updated Dec 21, 2017, 10:18 AM ]

We are so excited to welcome Sydney, a trained therapy dog, and her trainer/owner, Kim Hildebrandt to Denver Place! Sydney and Kim will be volunteering at Denver Place and East End, starting in January. Students at Denver Place can expect to see Sydney in the hallways, office, lobby, and maybe even their classrooms on Monday mornings.  

There’s lots of research that shows that there are multiple benefits to having trained therapy dogs work with elementary students. Some of the benefits include -

  1. Reduce stress for students who find school stressful.

  2. Improve social interactions between students and their peers and teachers.

  3. Assist students from becoming emotionally stuck when they feel overwhelmed or disappointed by something in the school environment.

These are just some of the benefits. We realize that some students might be allergic to dogs or might even have a fear of dogs. Please let your child’s teacher know if you believe that your child will be adversely affected by interaction with Sydney while she is visiting Denver Place. If your child has a fear of dogs that you would like Sydney to assist with, please let us know and we can have Sydney help with that.

Please make Sydney feel welcome as she starts her important work at Denver Place with students and staff! Here are some links to articles about therapy dogs in other schools across the country -