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Therapy Dog Makes a Difference in Allegheny County School District

Students in the North Hills School District have reported a 75% increase in their overall mood after being in contact with a furry friend named Layla. The 4-year-old Mini Golden Doodle is more than just a teacher’s pet. He is a fully trained therapy dog. Layla’s owner, Lindsay McKamish, is an autism educator in the district. “A lot of kids internalize stress, and petting can be a natural way to reduce it,” McKamish said. Layla is so popular that if you open the college yearbook, you’ll find her there. “I think it’s a stressful day to start,” North Hills Superintendent Patrick Mannarino said. “The academic challenges are high. Social and emotional challenges are high, especially in college…the dog helps relieve those stresses and helps make the day better. Layla’s breed is hypoallergenic and she doesn’t shed. It’s an added bonus for students who seem to flock to her. see Layla work her magic.

Students in the North Hills School District reported a 75% improvement in their overall mood after being in contact with a furry friend named Layla.

The 4-year-old Mini Golden Doodle is more than just a teacher’s pet. He is a fully trained therapy dog.

Layla’s owner, Lindsay McKamish, is an autism specialist teacher in the district.

“A lot of kids internalize stress, and petting can be a natural way to reduce it,” McKamish said.

Layla is so popular, if you open the college yearbook, you’ll find her there.

“I think it’s a stressful day to start,” North Hills Superintendent Patrick Mannarino said. “The academic challenges are high. Social and emotional challenges are high, especially in college…the dog helps relieve those stresses and helps make the day better.

Layla’s breed is hypoallergenic and she does not shed. It’s an added bonus for students who seem to flock to her.

Mannarino says other districts have visited the college to learn about the therapy dog ​​program in hopes of implementing the program at their school as well.

Take a look at the video above to see Layla working her magic.


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