Monday, December 10, 2007

Puppy trains to help children with special needs

A 4-month-old puppy named Spartan is working to become an Iowa district's first certified therapy dog. If he succeeds, Spartan will spend each day working with students with special needs as an incentive and may become a model for other schools.

With a bit of training, and a few more months of maturity, the one-time stray could earn his kibble as the Burlington School District's first certified therapy dog next summer. Little more than a month after first showing up outside the Madison Avenue school, Spartan is showing a flair for the duties he will be trained to fulfill. Education Week/Associated Press

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