Therapy Dog

meet GUS, the therapy dog!

One afternoon every other week, Mr. Inman brings his dog into school for some calming time with a snuggly friend. Days vary to accommodate students' after school schedules and signing up in advance is required as Gus is limited in the number of people he can be around at once.

Space is limited for each visit, so SIGN UP HERE

Why bring Gus to school?

  • Physical benefits. Interaction with therapy dogs has been shown to reduce blood pressure, provide physical stimulation and assist with pain management.
  • Social benefits. A visiting therapy dog promotes greater self-esteem and focused interaction with other students and teachers.
  • Cognitive benefits. It has been empirically proven that therapy dogs stimulate memory and problem-solving skills.
  • Emotional and mental health benefits. A recent national survey of adolescent mental health found that about 8 to 10 percent of teens ages 13 to 18 have an anxiety disorder. A therapy dog can lift moods in the classroom, often provoking laughter. The therapy dog offers friendship and a shoulder to lean on for students.