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Pets Corner

09 Apr 2019

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Training a therapy dog

By Sakshi Agrawal

While we may have only heard or read about therapeutic dogs, Rachel Lawrence is training her dog Milo to be one.

She said that since she had started studying occupational therapy, she understood the importance of a therapy dog.

“They are every affectionate and very beneficial for people who have anxiety and problems like that. And that’s probably the main thing I would want to work with him on because I would want to help people with mental health issues,” she said.

Adopted by Rachel and her partner last month, Milo was just 11 weeks old at the time of meeting Southbank Local News. They had taken a weekend away to New South Wales and adopted Milo from a breeder.

“I have always wanted a dog and that weekend was very successful,” she said.

Rachel describes Milo as a playful and hyperactive pet who loves to be around people and wants to eat shoes and everything else in sight.

“I always hand him to my partner when he is hyperactive because he loves it,” she laughed.

Even though she only adopted Milo recently, she loves her new dog very much. She takes him for a walk at least twice a day and is always beside him.

“We don’t ever leave each other’s sight at the moment. He is always looking for me and I love that,” she said.

Milo is a male poodle crossed with Labrador. According to Rachel, he sleeps about 16 to 20 hours a day. And the rest of the time he spends playing or taking walks with her.

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