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Lancaster, PA: One more district school adds therapy dog to improve students' mental health

Jan 4, 2019, Lancaster (PA) Online: Meet the 4-legged friends helping Lancaster County students overcome mental health issues https://lancasteronline.com/news/local/meet-the--legged-friends-helping-lancaster-county-students-overcome/article_d997d25e-0f8b-11e9-9ea2-8ff0283ed39f.html Greeting students Thursday morning inside Manor Middle School was Principal Dana Edwards, Assistant Principal Scott Keddie, school counselor Danielle Rogers and perhaps the most popular of them all: Wrangler, a 2-year-old Australian Labradoodle. Wrangler sat, wagging his tail, waiting patiently for a pet, scratch or a high-five. Soon enough, one student came, and then another. And another…. Such scenes are becoming more common in local schools, as more districts see the mental health benefits that four-legged friends can provide to students. … … He welcomes each student every day, sits with them as they read and soothes stressed or anxious students. … Perry Hazeltine, a psychologist at the Samaritan Counseling Center, said the constant exposure children have through social media can lead to anxiety and depression. … Wrangler is one of at least seven dogs serving Lancaster County school districts. At least two other school districts — Manheim Central and Warwick — are in the process of adding a therapy or facility dog. Elizabethtown Area is also exploring the idea….