Have you heard of the book Good Dogs, Great Listeners?
Woody and Warrior, Project Harmony’s resident facility dogs, are proof that good dogs do make great listeners. The dynamic duo work throughout the agency including forensic interviews, family advocacy, and mental health. Woody is a 5-year-old English Golden Retriever and Warrior is an 18-month-old Golden Retriever. The two came from Patriot Paws Service Dogs in Rockwall, TX.
Woody and Warrior help kids feel safe and comfortable as they describe the abuse they have experienced or crime they have witnessed. The dogs calm their fears and bring smiles to faces that have not smiled in a long time. One of Woody and Warrior’s most valued qualities is the unconditional love and attention they give to the children with whom they interact.
“We’ve already seen a huge difference in just how excited the children are to meet either Woody or Warrior,” said Project Harmony Director of Communications Angela Roeber. “Children come in anxious and scared and as soon as they meet one of our furry colleagues, they relax. There is something about petting a dog that is so calming and therapeutic. The more you pet Woody or Warrior the more they comfort you and it really makes that child, who is going through a terrible situation, feel better.”
Woody came to Project Harmony in August of 2019 and Warrior in August of 2022, but before the two were matched with Project Harmony they went through extensive training from the time they were 8 weeks old – learning basic commands and being socialized in public and private settings to advanced training that supports the work of a facility dog in a child advocacy center.
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