Therapy dogs bring calm, good health, positivitiy


Kevin Hays shows his white German shepherd, Sky, to kids in Eisenhower Elementary


Children and teachers at Wellington’s four elementary schools have seen school psychologist Kevin Hays walk around with his therapy dogs – Jazz, a Bernese Mountain dog and Sky, a white German Shepherd.

Hays might bring one of the dogs into a classroom, but is careful not to be disruptive, and the kids are good about staying calm and asking before petting the dogs, Hays said.

The presence of the two dogs, both females, can help de-escalate tensions and restore calm to a tense situation.


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