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Cooke kindergarteners learn that dogs have jobs

Nov. 30, 2017

Cooke kindergarten students with guide dogDuring the Golly Super Smart lesson titled “School for Dogs,” kindergarteners at Cooke Elementary learned that not only can dogs be trained to do fun tricks at home, they can also be trained specifically to help people.

To align with this lesson, Barb Ward Blank from Guiding Eyes for the Blind and her guide dog in training, Kaylie, came by. Kaylie is a German shepherd. She is the granddaughter to Kayla, the dog that last year's kindergarteners met.

Ward Blank has trained many guide dogs. One of her former guide dogs in training now travels the world with her human.

Ward Blank demonstrated some of the commands that Kaylie knows. She also explained to the students how important it is to have a well-trained dog.

One of the most important lessons Ward Blank taught the students was to ask before petting a dog, especially the ones that you might run into in the store. The kindergarten students had the chance to pet Kaylie – it was their favorite part of the lesson.

KIndergarten class poses with Guiding Eye dog Kaylie
Megan Hobby and Jessica Ashcraft’s kindergarten class thanked Guiding Eye dog Kaylie for coming in by giving her some Milk Bones treats.

Guiding eye dog Kaylie bonded with kindergarten student Kaylee
Laguerre, right, from Kimberly Lucak’s class, (maybe because they have the same name).