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    One of our schools wants to use a company to provide emotional support dogs on campus. They want to bring the dogs from time to time (not daily) and have the dogs available to students who may need the support. We are a high school only district, so our students are between the ages of 14-18. Has anyone done anything like this?


    Our district does this through Alliance of Therapy Dogs. We have used them multiple times.


    We have had some of our campuses in the past have ‘stress free’ events… usually leading into finals week or backed up to a minimum day at the end of a semester. ASB will have booths and areas for students to congregate with a preferred activity. Bubble wrap popping, 5 minutes in a massage chair (no hands on), noise makers, etc. Anyway, there is usually a dog petting area where you can spend a few minutes with some puppies. It is a single – scheduled event. I have not heard of any schools having a dog zone ‘on demand’. As I understand it, we are pretty clear that any dogs on campus to provide a service to a student has to be a service dog. It is specific to the service being provided – IE seeing eye dog.


    Hi Amy,
    Yes we do. Contracts, parent notification to exposure, and hold harmless are required.
    I am happy to share our documents and practice with you if you are interested. Let me know, and I will provide my contact info.


    Hi Mareesa,

    Yes, I would love to learn more about what you’re doing. Feel free to email me at amy.sousa@cjuhsd.net.

    Thank you!

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