Students Learn Responsibility During Dog Ability Visit

Students Learn Responsibility During Dog Ability Visit

Life skills classes at JFK and Frost, guided by teacher Rachel Burkel, recently visited the Dog Ability Center in Syosset, where the students learned about the responsibilities of taking care of a dog.

The Dog Ability Center uses certified activity therapy dogs that encourage and entertain community members of all abilities. The students were able to ask the owners about their dogs while observing tricks and grooming activities.

“The students loved learning how to take care of the dogs by brushing them, teaching them tricks and assisting with activities,” said teacher Heather Ciurleo. “Some of the students were very fearful when we first arrived, but by the end of the trip, they all had the biggest smiles on their faces. The volunteers at Dog Ability Center were able to make the children feel comfortable while teaching them how to appropriately interact with the dogs.”