What is a Therapy Dog?

A professional therapy dog is a well-trained and well-mannered dog that visits a variety of settings to offer emotional support. A dog must pass certain testing requirements to be certified as a therapy dog.

HWMS Therapy Dogs

Why have a therapy dog at school?

Research shows that petting a dog helps lower blood pressure, stress, and anxiety. Having a trained dog in the classroom helps to create a calmer environment that is more conducive to learning.

What breeds are the dogs?

Mocha is a chocolate Labrador retriever, Lincoln is an Alaskan malamute, and Dungy is a golden retriever.

Who trains the dogs?

Mocha and Lincoln are part of the Gamble family. Mr. and Mrs. Gamble are eighth grade teachers at HWMS.  Dungy belongs to Mrs. Dawson, who teaches 6th grade at HWMS.  Check out the therapy dog power point to learn more!

Lincoln Is Now A Certified Search and Rescue Dog

Mrs. Gamble is proud to announce that HWMS’s therapy dog, Lincoln, is now also a nationally certified air scent search and rescue dog.  If you would like to find out more about the non-profit search and rescue group that Lincoln belongs to, feel free to check out the team website at k9sark.org.  You can also see Lincoln in action and learn what an air scent search and rescue dog does by checking out this power point.


More About Therapy Dogs

Learn more about Lincoln, Mocha, and Dungy. Watch the
Professional Therapy Dog Powerpoint

We Make Classroom Visits

To schedule a visit to a classroom within USD 261, contact Mrs. Gamble at bgamble@usd261.com



Lincoln at a "Go Do It" Activity

Lincoln at a Go Do It Activity