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Orlando School Uses Extra-Sensitive Dog As Counselor For Students
Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 9, 2007 | Susan Jacobson

Posted on 11/12/2007 12:53:42 PM PST by DogByte6RER

Freedom Middle School

Orlando school uses extra-sensitive dog as counselor for students

Mr. Harv instinctively picks up on body language, facial expressions and tone of voice.

Susan Jacobson

Sentinel Staff Writer

November 9, 2007

When Mr. Harv goes to school, he spends his time playing ball, sitting on students' laps and lying down on the job.

It's all in a day's work for Harv, Freedom Middle School's unofficial mascot and Central Florida's only known full-time canine counselor.

At Freedom, every day is a dog day. Students greet Harv with hearty "hellos" and a vigorous belly rub. If there's a crisis at home or in the classroom, kids know they can visit Harv for a hug and a cry. Harv might lick them, but he won't judge them.

Cindy Frongello, Harv's handler, says the 3-year-old Labrador-golden retriever mix instinctively picks up on body language, facial expressions and tone of voice.

Researchers have studied dogs' ability to comfort people who are sick or stressed, but there's little more than anecdotal evidence backing claims that dogs react to mood. Nevertheless, Frongello is a believer.

"I'm 100 percent convinced that he has an ability to understand when someone feels bad and needs comfort," said Frongello, the school's Student Assistance and Family Empowerment coordinator. She helps kids with problems such as bullying, anger and bereavement. "He's a lot smarter than I am."

Harv was on the job Thursday when a visibly upset girl came to Frongello's portable classroom and flopped into a chair. Harv immediately left another student and hopped onto a seat next to the girl, gazing at her while she talked to Frongello, a psychologist.

Since arriving at the school in south Orange County last year, Harv has won over the students.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Florida
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Oh no....

There is something really insidious about using a dog as a COUNSELOR at a middle school.

Although, maybe this is a step up from the run-of-the-mill teachers union hacks who typically fill these positions.

1 posted on 11/12/2007 12:53:43 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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Dog "Counselor" reporting for duty... Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
2 posted on 11/12/2007 12:54:37 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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All school "counseling" sessions will be mandatory! Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
3 posted on 11/12/2007 12:55:49 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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This "Dog Counselor" has lots of experience... Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
4 posted on 11/12/2007 12:57:08 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Probably a lot more effective than trained counselors. Not to knock them, but I’ve always thought school districts are way too quick to send them in without letting students try to work things out for themselves or with friends and family. Dogs are more likely to help them do that. I had one year in elementary school where I was very unhappy and my mom says I cried in my cat’s fur and talked to her a lot. A much heathier process than always running for the professional.


5 posted on 11/12/2007 12:58:27 PM PST by twigs
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To: DogByte6RER
I wondered what he was doing now. I'm sure his last mixup did make him more sensitive.


6 posted on 11/12/2007 12:58:36 PM PST by Larry Lucido (Hunter 2008)
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To: Slings and Arrows

ping


7 posted on 11/12/2007 12:58:41 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

You can get a dog to deal cards if you apply enough voltage.


8 posted on 11/12/2007 1:01:16 PM PST by CholeraJoe (Be unique. It makes it easier for the rest of us to identify the morons.)
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Photo slideshow link of the “dog counselor” in action (the pooch looks like he could host his own TV show called “The Human Whisperer”)

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/orl-pg-superdog110907,0,6759066.photogallery?coll=orl_home_promo


9 posted on 11/12/2007 1:02:21 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Wimpification of America.


10 posted on 11/12/2007 1:06:03 PM PST by AU72
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Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket Student Assistance and Family Empowerment coordinator Cindy Frongello (center) listens to a Freedom Middle School student (left) as Mr. Harv, a Labrador-golden retriever mix, sits beside her. (Counselor Dog to student: "If you do not refrain from sexual harassment at this school, you will be forced into mandatory sessions with Sexual Harassment Panda.")
11 posted on 11/12/2007 1:06:46 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
The school has a "Student Assistance and Family Empowerment coordinator"? Here's the type of dog counseling most of the kids probably need:


12 posted on 11/12/2007 1:08:23 PM PST by KarlInOhio (May the heirs of Charles Martel and Jan Sobieski rise up again to defend Europe.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Frongello, a psychologist says of the dog. “He’s a lot smarter than I am”. I would agree with her on that point.
13 posted on 11/12/2007 1:09:29 PM PST by isrul (Lamentations 5:2)
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To: DogByte6RER
Actually, the dog ISN'T a counselor --

He can't offer rotten advice.

He can't report the students to anybody.

He can't blab about what he's heard.

All he can do is listen and give doggy kisses.

Sounds pretty good to me.

My two are totally unsuitable for this work. They would leap on the children, knock them down, rifle their pockets for treats, and cover them with big wet doggy slurps (not like the cute little restrained kiss this one is giving).

My two on the lookout for any ducks to retrieve (or schoolchildren to knock over).

14 posted on 11/12/2007 1:12:08 PM PST by AnAmericanMother ((Ministrix of Ye Chase, TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment)))
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To: DogByte6RER
You couldn’t make up a picture like that.
15 posted on 11/12/2007 1:12:23 PM PST by CaptainK (...please make it stop. Shake a can of pennies at it.)
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To: HairOfTheDog

ping


16 posted on 11/12/2007 1:12:33 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
Student Assistance and Family Empowerment coordinator

A job title that simply screams "Politically Correct!"

17 posted on 11/12/2007 1:17:37 PM PST by Disambiguator (Political Correctness is criminal insanity writ large.)
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To: Disambiguator

True, but isn’t it interesting how peanuts/peanut butter are becoming verboten in some schools due to allergies, yet the doggie with his dander is raising no eyebrows (yet)?

Come to think of it, I’d have preferred the dog to the “guidance counselor” m’self!


18 posted on 11/12/2007 1:22:40 PM PST by Titan Magroyne ("Shorn, dumb and bleating is no way to go through life, son." Yeah, close enough.)
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To: Disambiguator

Yes...very PC indeed.

Student Assistance & Family Empowerment = S.A.F.E.

Catchy title, eh?


19 posted on 11/12/2007 1:23:09 PM PST by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: AU72
Wimpification of America.

Stupidification of FReepers. You're exhibit 1.

20 posted on 11/12/2007 1:24:22 PM PST by r9etb
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To: DogByte6RER

The dog is thinking, "whadya have to eat?"

That's mostly what Labs are about. If you disagree with me I'll be forced to post some disgusting stories about Lab eating habits.

:^D

21 posted on 11/12/2007 1:29:58 PM PST by Disambiguator (Political Correctness is criminal insanity writ large.)
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To: DogByte6RER
If the school used Brian (from the TV show Family Guy) as a couselor, he'd shake up a martini for any stressed-out kid.


22 posted on 11/12/2007 1:35:55 PM PST by southernnorthcarolina (These are my principles. If you don't like them, I have others.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Very much a step up, IMNSHO!

Of cource, if the vicious, dangerous, sociopathic, repeat offender, juvenile delinquents were sent to “alternative holding facilities” instead of normal public schools,(like we did in the old days) there would be far fewer “overwhelming problems” for "normal children" to contend with.

23 posted on 11/13/2007 4:43:51 PM PST by sarasmom (Hunter /Thompson 2008! 15-35% of Democrats would be happy to vote for Hunter Thompson as POTUS!)
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