Most people are aware of the valuable work our canine companions contribute to our society, and the list of ways in which they assist us is growing rapidly as we gain more understanding of their abilities.
Gone are the days when mans expectations of a dog was to sit around the campfire and alert them of intruders to the camp and bark to ward them off. As mans understanding of dogs capabilities became more apparent we adapted training methods and developed skills to utilise their superior hearing, sense of smell, and perception to aid us and other people with a wide range of disabilities to function more adequately in their everyday lives.
There are many ways that dogs assist mankind but the most common purpose for owning a dog is for comfort and companionship. The ability of a dog to provide a calming comforting effect for humans is amazing.
One such dog is Lucy. Lucy is proudly owned and trained by Gwen and is part of the Delta therapy program. Gwen has done an amazing job with Lucy and she is now a classroom canine. Children enjoy reading to Lucy and she has also helped other children with autism just by being there and getting lavished with attention and taken for walks. Dogs entering the Delta program undergo lots of testing to ensure they have a great temperament and are sound.
Keep up the great work Gwen and Lucy
To find out more about the Delta program check out the link below