Did You Know That Almost All Therapy Dogs Are Pure Breeds? Then A Special Labradoodle Came Along

by Gwendolyn Plummer
Gwen is a writer, reader, hockey fan, concert goer, and lunchtime enthusiast.

Koko the Labradoodle was the first mixed breed pup to earn the American Kennel Club’s coveted title of “working therapy dog” (ThD, if you want to be official).

While it may be hard to believe, all therapy dogs certified by the American Kennel Club had been purebreds until Koko joined the force 7 and a half years ago. Being different than the rest doesn’t seem to bother Koko, though.

Koko’s dad, Steven Herz, wanted to train Koko to become a therapy dog to follow in his own dad’s footsteps.

Koko has become a master therapy dog over the 7 and a half years she’s been working. She’s provided therapy and support at 35 different places in her home state of New Jersey, from nursing homes to schools for children with special needs.

Koko helps on both an emotional and a physical level. Many children who have difficulty with motor skills benefit from walking or brushing Koko as much as they benefit from her company.

When I was in college, my school brought therapy dogs to campus to help us destress before midterms and finals, so I know how much hanging out with a dog can improve your mood.

When I think of all the lives she must have touched, it makes me so happy to know that Koko has been serving those in need for nearly 8 years now.

Watch the video below to see Koko in action at a school for children with special needs, and please SHARE this video on Facebook!

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