Interaction with Dachshund has ‘pawsitive’ results at Maplewood

Visiting puppy to become a regular activity at Brighton long-term care home

Much to residents’ delight, Maplewood recently had the pitter-patter of puppy paws in the Brighton long-term care home.

Director of care (DOC) Corrie McLeod, in her spare time, has a very small business training dogs to become service dogs for veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and spouses of veterans who have the disorder.

She’s currently training a nine-week-old Dachshund named Hero. It’s early days for the young puppy but it’s a good time to socialize him so Corrie brought him to work.

His visit was such a hit that Rachel Corkery, administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC), has invited the DOC to bring the puppy into the home on a regular basis. Corrie plans to have Hero at Maplewood either weekly or every second week.

“Corrie had mentioned that she would like to bring some of her clients into the home as part of their training,” Rachel tells The OMNIway.

“Of course, this was a no-brainer for us as we know our residents love our animal visitors.”

The DOC had many people lingering outside of her office to take a peek at Hero when he wasn’t making rounds. It’s good exposure for Hero.

“I work with (the dogs) so people are able to take their dogs into public areas,” Corrie says.

“All of my training I do pretty much happens in public places.” She takes her dogs-in-training to doctors’ appointments, restaurants, stores and other locations.

“The dog basically has to learn how to behave appropriately in a public area.”

Hero is from a recent litter of a breeder who is Corrie’s friend. The breeder asked Corrie to train Hero so he could be donated to a veteran who has PTSD.

“I’m helping her do the training. He’s at a very young age so I’m just getting him socialized. I’m getting exposed to as much as possible,” the DOC says.

“That was the purpose of today’s visit, plus the fact that the residents just love him. It has been very positive.”

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