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New Dog Training Class Starting Feb. 4th

    About 96 percent of dogs who end up in shelters with behavioral problems have not received any obedience training, according to a recent study in the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science.

    But your dog doesn't have to become a part of this statistic! JLab staff, users and their family members can join the JAG Dog Training Club. A new Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog class is starting on Tuesday, February 4th at 7 p.m. in the Support Service Center lobby.

    Dogs who attend this class must be at least 6 months old, housebroken and up-to-date on all shots. For more information, contact Joyce Miller, or ext. 7163 or Brian Kross, or ext. 7022.

Pet Photography Lunchtime Talk on Jan. 28th



MaxHow do you take a picture of your dog that looks great and captures him at his best? To kick off the 2014 Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog class, the JAG Dog Training Club will be offering a lunchtime pet photography talk on Tuesday, January 28th at noon.

Bring a bag lunch to the BEAMS classrooms in the Support Service Center and join Alan Gavalya as he gives you some tips for capturing your dog's personality in a photo.

Afterwards there will be an info presentation on the upcoming dog training class.

JAG Dog Training Club Graduated Sixth its Class of Therapy Dogs in June of 2013

The JAG Dog Training Club graduated its sixth class of therapy dogs on Wednesday June 12, 2013. The latest class of Jefferson Lab therapy dogs
will join the previous classes in visiting people in hospitals, nursing homes, schools and libraries, where they do everything from lift spirits to assist with children reading. Evidence of positive responses to such animal-assisted therapy has mostly been anecdotal but a recent study by VCU has shown that workplace therapy dogs make a positive difference by reducing stress levels. The JAG Dog Training Club dogs will do their part to alleviate stress at all the places they visit.

Therapy dogs can be of any size and breed. Temperament is the key to being a good therapy dog in addition to being well trained. Therapy Dog International always gets requests for more therapy visits. More trained dogs are always welcome.

The JAG Dog Training Club is open to all employees, users, family members and their dogs. The club meets on Tuesday evenings at 7:00pm in the Support Service Center Lobby. If you are interested in becoming a member of the dog club and training your dog, please contact Joyce Miller, Captain, (ext. 7163 or or Brian Kross, Co-Captain, (ext. 7022 or In addition to the therapy dog class, the dog training club also has held classes in Agility Skills, Rally Obedience, K-9 Nosework and Canine Acting. The Canine Acting video, The Physicist's Elves, can be seen on You Tube.
Once a month Dan Young, Physics Division Hall C designer, and his Samoyed, Nikko, visit patients at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters. In order to visit CHKD, in addition to his CGC/TDI rating, Nikko had to be evaluated by the CHKD program staff. Young takes along some of Nikko's show ribbons to pass out to the children.

Mary Beth Stewart, Project Management and Integrated Planning technical illustrator, takes her talented golden retriever, Tobie, to visit patients at the York Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center.

Joyce Miller, Physics Division Hall A designer, and her greyhounds, Sammy and PG, will be attending an event called Greyhounds Rock in Fredericksburg, Va., this year, a fund raiser for canine cancer research at Ohio State University.

Brian Kross, Detector Group designer, and his boxer, Loki, participate in the Paws to Read program at Hampton and York public libraries.

The Canine Good Citizen, CGC, is a certification program of the American Kennel Club. The dogs and handlers must complete a multi-step test. The primary objective of the Therapy Dog International, TDI, dog and handler is to provide comfort and companionship by sharing the dog with patients in hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions. This is done in a way that increases emotional well being, promotes healing, and improves the quality of life for the people being visited and the staff that cares for these people, according to the website.

Therapy Dog International receives many requests for therapy dog visits. Locally, The Arbors at Port Warwick senior community and the Peninsula Regional Jail are currently requesting therapy dog visits, so more trained dogs are always welcome and the JAG dogs can help fill those voids, Miller adds.

The JAG Dog Training Club is open to all employees, users, family members and their dogs. The club meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Support Service Center lobby. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the dog club and training their dog, may contact Miller, ext. 7163 or email , or Brian Kross, co-captain, ext. 7022 or email .  In addition to the therapy dog class, the dog training club also has held classes in agility, rally obedience and K-9 nosework.


The Jefferson Lab Dog Training Club held a holiday party for club members on Dec. 14, 2010. The group, including their canine buddies, played lots of holiday games and had a gift exchange between the dogs. A good time was had by all both canine and human, according to Joyce Miller, club co-captain.

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Pictured in the group shot:
Kneeling in front: Sofia Keesee with Dana, beagle
Standing from left to right:Joyce Miller with Sammy and PG, Greyhounds; Ingrid Kross with Regen, German Shepherd; Brian Kross with Eddie, French Bulldog; Sandi James with Ellie, Australian Shepherd/German Wirehaired Pointer mix; Marie Keesee with Max, Australian Labradoodle; Dave Rackley, Cappy Rackley with Sheldon, Australian Shepherd; and Jen Monaghan with Shadow, Yorkshire Terrier.