Future service dogs attend the theatre for training

Thursday, August 22, 2019 3:21 pm
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A VERY polite crowd of a dozen future service dogs attended a performance at Ontario’s Stratford Festival as part of their training.
future service dogs practice at the theatre
They’re training to accompany people with special needs to the theatre. 
“At the theater, the dogs are expected to sit under the seat or curl up at their handler’s feet while their humans enjoy the show,” said the dogs’ head trainer. “The dogs remained calm throughout the performance, mostly nestled between seats. They stayed calm and quiet throughout the performance. But a few curious pups peeked their furry heads over the seats to catch a few minutes of the show.”
They practice guiding people into small bathroom stalls, getting through narrow aisles and generally navigating the theatre. Without being distracted by sounds or delicious-smelling food.
This particular theatre they visited hosts “relaxed performances” specifically for people who need to move or vocalise themselves often. It made a perfect training ground for these future service dogs!
The have also practiced in zoos, subways and crowded fairs. To get comfortable with unfamiliar lights and sounds, rapid movements and bustling crowds they might encounter with their handler.
The image quickly went viral on Twitter and even got shared by Luke Skywalker himself Mark Hamill who said “dogs deserve their own musical.”
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