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June 29, 2017

Erica & Truman

Erica & Truman

(Erica & Truman are graduates of ICAN's June 2017 Graduation Class)

It’s not too often that you find a four-legged friend that’s won an election.  However, it’s happened at ICAN, and Truman came out as the “Top Dog.”  In his new role, as a facility assistance dog, he’ll be using his people skills to bring out the best in “at risk” 5th graders.  “I can’t stop talking about how great he is.  He’s going to bring a calmness for students,” handler Erica said.

Truman is quite a playful pup and loves to have fun; but he is also intuitive and gentle with everyone he meets.

Truman will lend an ear as he reads with students (stay tuned for his favorite book), life skills, movement disorders, and responsibility just to name a few.  “He will help with character building and problem solving,” Erica said.

Erica said some of the students have anxiety and behavior disorders.  Truman’s demeanor will create “a safe space,” Erika said.

With Truman’s “Top Dog” status he’s sure to be a leader in the classroom, helping students develop their leadership skills too.

(Left to right) ICAN Handler, Archie, trained Truman in his Level 1, 2 & 3 skills; ICAN Handler, Sonya, completed his Level 4 skills.