ALPNEA, Mich. — A furry pup is currently training for his first of day of public school. Oscoda Area Schools recently announced its coming therapy dog program to motivate students in– and outside the classroom.
They will soon welcome 5-month old Labradoodle Chester. Once he completes 300 hours of training, the little pup will be a working therapy dog.
The school district partnered with Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union to provide room and board and a trainer for Chester.
Research indicates that therapy dogs increase attendance, confidence and self–esteem while lowering student anxiety behaviors. Chester will enroll as a full–time faculty member February of 2020.