A Fair Shake For Youth At Freedom House Domestic Violence Shelter
A Fair Shake for Youth, a New York City based organization that helps kids build social and emotional skills through a hands-on therapy dog program, held workshops at Barrier Free Living’s Freedom House Domestic Violence shelter this October.
Fair Shake works with therapy dog teams, including a black lab mix, a golden retriever and a cattle dog mix. The workshops include hands-on activity about “learning to give commands/teach tricks, or playing cognition games where the dogs find treats in games and the kids encourage the dogs and compare approaches and frustration levels of each dog, or agility – encouraging each dog over a jump or through a tunnel.” The workshops also include lessons from the Fair Shake’s curriculum related to body language – verbal and non-verbal communication.
In photo: left to right, Audrey Hendler (Fair Shakes For Youth Founder & Executive Director) and volunteers – Mansi Agarwal (and her dog Suki), Kelly Becker, and Jane Moskowitz (with her dog Josie).