One more behavior management idea - Harvey the Therapy Dog + a FREEBIE!

Classroom Freebies Manic Monday

This month I have devoted my blog to behavior management as I teach special education and this year my core group are all children with behavior challenges.

While I have finally tweaked the system to suit my students' needs, I have one more component to add - Harvey the Therapy dog.

Harvey is my Great Dane and he has been in training to be a Therapy Dog.  I am proud to say that he has finally completed all his evaluations and is now a full-fledged Therapy Dog with Caring Canines.

This means I can bring him to school to hopefully help calm the students that get to feeling overwhelmed at times.  I am very excited to do this but know I have to be strategic.  So my first step is to introduce the idea to my students and to the other teachers who work with my students.

That's where my freebie comes in!  I have written a small story about Harvey that you can get here for free.  You could use it to introduce the concept of Therapy dogs for a special visit or for a small non-fiction reading passage.

Get it HERE on Google Docs.  This is the only way to get it for free.  

If you have a minute, leave me your thoughts on this topic as this a new adventure for me!


  1. Hi! You and Harvey caught my eye at Manic Monday today! He is a gorgeous dog! I'm sure he'll be an amazing hit with your students. I thought you might be interested about my post regarding our daughter's therapy dog coming into our first grade. Thanks for bringing a nice memory to mind!

    Linda Nelson
    Primary Inspiration

  2. Thanks so much for your comment! I was so glad to read your post - it definitely helps me with introducing Harvey!

  3. Oh my goodness!!! I want to HUG Harvey! He is beautiful!!!! Do you think he would be mad at me for calling him beautiful? I hope not! I think it is wonderful that he is a therapy dog!


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