Service Dogs at the Hearts of Gold Program Make a Difference

Coming into this assignment, I had never actually heard of the Hearts of Gold program. After observing two sessions of the class, I wish I’d taken it.

What really stood out was how enthusiastic the students were when class began. No one cut corners, and everyone was very involved with the class. One of the students said it was the only class she had never seen anyone skip.

They ran the dogs through a checklist of commands and marked how efficient the dog performed. When the next student worked with the dog, he or she knew what areas to focus on. The instructors were mostly hands off, intervening only to show the students how to act and position themselves when relaying a command.

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