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accept in g a f r ien dly st r an ger , sit t in g f or pet t in g, w alk in g on a lead an d in a cr ow d, an d f ollow in g a r an ge of com m an ds. As t h e dist r ict Social Wor k Coor din at or I am able t o br in g Ju n o t o sch ool w it h m e on m ost days, acclim at in g h er t o bein g socialized ar ou n d m an y dif f er en t people, en vir on m en t s, an d sit u at ion s. Ju n o is st ill a pu ppy (n ow 9 m on t h s old) an d w ell on h er w ay t o developin g all of t h e sk ills n eeded f or cer t if icat ion . Ju n o spen ds t w o days a w eek w it h m e at Doh er t y M iddle Sch ool, m eet in g an d socializin g w it h m an y st u den t s an d st af f alik e. On t h e ot h er days of t h e w eek Ju n o accom pan ies m e as I t r avel ar ou n d t h e dist r ict , get t in g u sed t o bein g in m an y sch ool en vir on m en t s an d ar ou n d a w ide r an ge of st u den t s an d adu lt s. Ju n o is con st an t ly m et w it h sm iles, am azem en t at seein g a dog in sch ool, an d r equ est s t o pet h er . I h ave been t old r epeat edly t h at ju st bein g able t o see an d pet h er f or a f ew m om en t s h as been t h e h igh ligh t of t h e day f or m an y st u den t s. An d ju dgin g f r om Ju n o?s r espon se of w ar m t h , f r ien dlin ess an d excit em en t at seein g t h e ch ildr en , t h is is clear ly h avin g t h e sam e ef f ect on h er . " Judgi ng f rom Juno's response of w armth , f ri endl i ness and ex ci tement at seei ng th e ch i l dren, th i s i s cl earl y h av i ng th e same ef f ect on h er."