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Leah Danoff, learning specialist at Bay Farm Montessori Academy in Duxbury, brings a special companion to school with her each day – Piper, a well-behaved hypoallergenic Aussiedoodle (combination Australian Shepherd/Poodle). Piper has been slowly integrated into Bay Farm classrooms since last fall.
“When I walk into a classroom with Piper, all the faces of students (and teachers) beam,” said Danoff. “Piper brings a calming effect into each space we enter. I have noticed that when Piper is sitting at a child’s foot while he/ she is doing work, the child is more relaxed and focused on getting the task at hand completed. The children take pride in having a furry companion in their space. One classroom even created a cubby for Piper, so each time Piper visits that classroom, she heads straight to her cubby to pull out her toys.”
Referred to as a “reading dog” or a “therapy dog,” Piper brings a calming effect to children in the classrooms.