Hi, my name is Rocky! I am a Black Labrador, born in November 2012. My family, the Lundgren’s, adopted me from a kind man who found my siblings and me abandoned in the country. I graduated from obedience school at K-9 University in Plano, Texas. I have been working at Cutting Edge since June 2013. I know how to do the following commands: Sit, Heel, Lay Down, Come, Go to Work, Take a Rest, Leave It, Ready, and Play. I can’t wait to meet you!
- My favorite treats are Blue Dog Bakeries Softies.
- My favorite movies are Secret Life of Pets 1 & 2.
- My favorite activities including running in the field, eating, sleeping, and most importantly getting pet by my friends!
- My favorite quote is “All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For after all, he was only human. He wasn’t a dog.” Charles M. Schulz.
Our friend had the hardest time transitioning away from Mom and Dad to therapy. The therapist began prompting “let’s go get Rocky a treat” or “let’s go find Rocky.” This encouraged our friend to transition back more easily, each week. After about 6 weeks, our friend began to transition to therapy independently.
Advantages of Integrating Me Into Sessions with Children
- Social Engagement: Therapy dogs can assist in motivating children to interact with peers, focus on tasks, and redirect children from negative behaviors.
- Sensory Support: Therapy dogs can participate in various games and activities like hide and seek, tug of war, and massage.
- Improving Vocal Skills: Studies show children tend to speak more frequently when a therapy dog is present.
- Companionship: Therapy dogs can bond with children quickly and allow them to experience friendship. This helps children in becoming comfortable around others.