[nobe-l] Therapy Dogs

Melissa R Green lissa1531 at gmail.com
Sun Jun 4 07:26:03 UTC 2017

I would have some time for the dogs to meet.  But I would not do it or 
bring it up in an interview.  Remember that people see the dogs as 
playing, when they would be hurt.  I had this incident with my apartment 
complex.  The dogs down stairs went after my guide, and they thought that 
they were playing.  It caused my dog to be on the defensive offensive.  I 
have learned that I need to stay calm and not get too excited and 
overreact.  I would also suggest talking with your school about this. 
Good luck and I hope that you will keep us posted.  Oh and what a really 
good question.

Melissa R. Green And Pj
-----Original Message----- 
From: Tara Abella via NOBE-L
Sent: Thursday, June 1, 2017 5:22 PM
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Subject: [nobe-l] Therapy Dogs

Hello all,

I've been to several interviews now where principals have told me that 
they have a therapy dog either with the counselor or the special education 
teacher. I am a little concerned because I have a guide dog and comments 
have been made about how the dog would probably be very excited around my 
dog. I reassure them that my dog is well-trained and behaves well around 
other dogs, but I worry about the therapy dog's reaction to my guide. 
Almost every school I have interviewed with has mentioned a therapy dog 
and I was wondering if anyone had any experience with this. If I were 
hired, should I set up a time where the dogs can meet? Should I request 
the dog be kept in a specific room or area of the school where I will not 
be traveling with a group of students? Any advice on how to better answer 
this question during an interview and how to make sure distractions are 
not an issue on day one would be greatly appreciated.


Tara Abella

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