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Washington Local Schools introduces its first therapy dog at Monac Elementary

Washington Local Schools introduces its first therapy dog at Monac Elementary

There's a new classmate for students in Toledo, but she isn't there to learn.

Brooke, a labrador retriever, joined the teaching staff at Monac Elementary School on Wednesday.

The certified therapy dog greets students, makes the rounds in the classroom, and lets loose at recess. But most importantly, she lends support to students so they can achieve behavioral goals.

"Brooke allows them to be able to kind of break down those boundaries and talk freely to them whereas they may not be so open to just another adult," said School Counselor Melanie Robinson. "But it's easy when she just wags her tail and they just get to curl up and pet her. They open up much more and just relax. She has a great calming effect."

The school plans to keep Brooke until she is ready to retire.

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