The Love Dog animal therapy team has adopted an elementary school class in Las Vegas and we spend every other Friday with the same second grade students. Each lesson centers on animals and how to care for them, teach them, love them.
For the last meeting of the year a fun class was chosen – Canine Massage.
Each child had received a Coco the Love Dog doll for the holidays and was asked to bring them in as their “demo dogs.”
One of the Love Dog volunteers is a licensed massage therapist for humans and canines so she conducted the class. Instead of bringing in her own real dog, she brought Sugar, a stuffed toy. This way she could concentrate totally on teaching the proper massage techniques and move around the classroom more freely.
he class began with a wonderful song about not grabbing your dog. The children learned the lyrics very quickly and sang along.
Then each child brought their Coco dolls into a circle around one of the live Love Dog teams. There was Boise the Golden Retriever, Dash the Italian Greyhound, Benny the miniature poodle and Petey, the smallest dog of all, a four pound poodle.
While the teacher demonstrated the various strokes to use, the children massaged their dolls and the handlers massaged their dogs.
ot only did the children learn how to do a proper canine massage, but how to be kind and gentle and really focus on their time with their pet. It was explained how massage is different from simple petting and why it is so important to take the time to enjoy this activity with your pet.
If the students have a bad day or are feeling stressed, they can now take a few minutes to give their Coco doll or real family pet a massage and they will feel so much better and more relaxed afterwards.
The lesson ended with another song and everyone agreed it was the perfect last class of the year.
Especially Boise, Dash, Benny and Petey who got tons of hugs and tickles and loving!
Thank you Marilyn for an amazing class!