Luna Raptor comes from a line of working golden retrievers and was chosen from the litter as the one most likely to succeed as a therapy dog. She has years of training in obedience, public appearances, and therapy-specific exposure. Luna Raptor has earned the AKC Canine Good Citizen designation, and she and her handler have met all the certification requirements to be a therapy dog, including temperament and performance testing. They are members of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, one of the largest therapy dog organizations working internationally for the past 30 years. Luna Raptor can be seen around campus several days a week! You can follow her adventures on her Instagram page @LunaRaptorCGC.
- A Service Dog is trained to perform specific tasks for one person with a disability.
- An Emotional Support Dog (ESA) provides comfort and emotional stability to one person as prescribed by a psychiatrist. They generally do not perform specific tasks.
- A Therapy Dog is trained with a specific handler and they are certified as a team. Together they work to bring comfort and joy to other people, most often in schools, hospitals, and other care facilities.