Betsy The Therapy Dog

fileEmpirical evidence has shown that therapy dogs can enhance children’s psychological development, improve social skills, and increase self-esteem. Dogs can also teach responsibility, compassion, and respect for other living things.  Finally, dogs in the classroom can be used to calm fears, relieve anxiety, and teach skills.

7th grade Special Education teacher Christina Ditch has secured building and district permission to have a therapy dog at McKinley Middle School.  

Betsy recently started coming to school with Mrs. Ditch and has attended her classes.  Betsy will also be available to students not served by Mrs. Ditch on a limited basis. Although Betsy is only a puppy, her attendance at school is part of the extensive training involved for both Betsy and Mrs. Ditch.  Room 210 will be the home base area with crate, bed, and supplies housed in this location. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mrs. Ditch or Principal Martinez.