JACKSON, Tenn. â A local business has a new addition that could help you and your family.
âShe is a bit of a little rascal, but sheâs very friendly,â said Beth Johnson, dog trainer at Ultimate Canine Dog Training.Â âShe loves people and she loves to visit people, and she loves to get affection from people.â
Meet Gracie, the 5-month-old Australian Labradoodle, who is a grief therapy dog.
âShe was selected at the age of 9 weeks to go into training to be a therapy dog,â Johnson said.
Her trainer says Gracieâs training allows her to help people experiencing the grief of losing a loved one.
âShe has commands where she can visit with a person, she can lay her head across their lap,â Johnson said. âJust that process of getting that affection and being able to pet a dog, it can kind of just give you a chance to relax.â
President of Arrington Funeral Directors, Bob Arrington, explains why they added aÂ therapy dog to their team.
âWeâve been talking about it and weâve been looking into a grief therapy dog for about two or three years,â Arrington said. âWeâve seen and weâve watched other dogs across the country be a very important part, so we wanted to provide that service to our Jackson community.â
Johnson says in addition to funeral homes, the therapy dogs are used in hospitals and in nursing homes.