Burrell Arts Therapy Dog Program

Durand the K9 Curator of Joy

Durand Therapy Dog

We are incredibly excited to introduce our newest staff member at Burrell Arts K-8 named Durand!   Durand joined our team as a Certified Therapy Dog in October 2022. Durand is a Black Lab and has been in training for almost two years. Below, we have set out the benefits of site based school therapy dogs.


What are the benefits of having a school dog(s)? 

Numerous research studies have shown the benefits of therapy dogs in schools. Therapy dogs have been working in schools across the nation for quite some time now.


Evidence indicates that benefits include: 

  • Cognitive - companionship with a dog stimulates memory, problem-solving and game playing.
  • Social - a dog provides a positive mutual topic for discussion, encourages responsibility, wellbeing, and focused interaction with others. 
  • Emotional - school dogs improve self-esteem, acceptance from others and lifts mood, often provoking laughter and fun. Dogs can also teach compassion and respect for other living things as well as relieving anxiety. 
  • Physical - interaction with a furry friend reduces blood pressure, provides tactile stimulation, assists with pain management, gives motivation to move, walk and stimulates the senses. 
  • Reading - reading to dogs has been proven to help children develop literacy skills and build confidence, through both the calming effect the dog’s presence has on children as well as the fact that a dog will listen to children read without being judgemental or critical. This comforting environment helps to nurture children’s enthusiasm for reading and provides them with the confidence to read aloud. 


Durand will be extremely well looked after, and will be working with Ms. Karina everyday at school. No matter where Durand is working, he will always be accompanied by a trained adult. Durand will continue to undergo rigorous training courses and will be extremely well-behaved. While Durand is at school, he will have access to a dog crate in his home area where he can relax during the day. This is where he will spend most of their time initially. He will also visit the vet regularly for all of his vaccinations as well as regular check-ups. 


If you have any questions or concerns please email at kmdelaney@aurorak12.org or call my office at 303-340-0770 ext. 4350.