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Walpole, MA: School service dog helps with panic attacks, anxiety, anger issues and more

June 25, 2018, Walpole (MA) Wicked Local: Service dog shows class in schools http://walpole.wickedlocal.com/news/20180625/service-dog-shows-class-in-schools Rebel, a 10-month-old English Golden Retriever, has been roaming the hallways since then, spreading her personal brand of cheer and healing to everyone she meets. The service dog is co-owned by High School Nurse Rachel Jackson and School Resource Officer Tommy Hart. Hart picks Rebel up each morning from Jackson’s house, and makes the rounds through the schools and community each day. Student Tom King said he has had Rebel in some of his classes at the High School. “I like how she gets to come around,” he said. “It’s a good thing to ease the tension.” … Rebel quietly makes her presence known in a variety of situations. A student having a panic attack may just need Rebel to walk with her to class. Anger that could otherwise escalate to a fight can quickly be brought under control with Rebel’s calm demeanor. Even children who are reluctant to enter a school building benefit from walking Rebel inside, turning what Hart said could be an hour-long battle into a five-minute process. … When Hart does safety training for school staff - a topic that can give some people anxiety and stress just thinking about it - having Rebel there for people to pet while listening eases the tension. …