Unity Place of Monmouth had a visit from a pair of special canines and their human comrades. The owners and trainers from Missing Canine brought a pair of friendly and smart pups in a program that was part of Unity’s celebration of May as Mental Health Awareness Month.
The clients leaned about what it takes to train a dog to be an emotional support dog. This presentation included commands the dogs learn and how they come to ease a person’s anxiety or depression. This, of course, brought smiles to faces of the clients who experience some of those feelings.
Another part of the visit illustrated what is involved to have a dog track a lost animal. This included a demonstration by the visiting dogs on how they rely on their acute sense of smell to find a lost dog.
One of the guests is named Billie Holiday, but she did not sing her rendition of “God Bless the Child.”
These dogs and those who brought them are remarkable. As are the staff at Unity who helped bring this demonstration to the clients.