Several times a week, a 1-year-old Labradoodle Dwight from Zanesville rushes to the dental clinic with his “mom”, who works there as a hygienist.
His task is to calm the patient and help him get rid of fears while the dentist performs medical manipulations.
Dwight is here for a reason: from the age of 12 weeks, the Labradoodle was trained as a therapy dog, and then the dog underwent additional training in a training center and a dental office.
According to his trainer, Jensen McVey, Dwight was simply born for this job.
A sweet and affectionate dog loves people very much and is always ready to help them. He likes what he does in the clinic.
He behaves very calmly, sincerely empathizes with patients and is always there for them in difficult moments.
According to clients, with the advent of Dwight, their attitude to visiting a dentist began to change.
His confidence, calmness and silent support help people calm down – and even reduce the fear of pain.
Dwight’s typical work day begins with him greeting a client with his big smile and wagging tail.
During the procedures, the dog does not leave the person, and if he behaves restlessly, then he “holds” his hand or even lies next to him on the couch.
For children, such help is invaluable!
As soon as they see the dog in the doctor’s office, the frightened little patients immediately begin to smile, and the procedures that previously caused fear turn into a fun game.
Dwight does not work for “thank you”.
Of course, he does not receive a salary in the generally accepted sense of the word, but at the end of each working day he gets delicious treats, and once a month the owner pleases the pet with a BarkBox surprise box with a variety of dog food treats and toys.