How this four-legged teacher passes on valuable lessons

Posted at 9:54 AM, Nov 11, 2021

LOUISA COUNTY, Va. — There is a teacher with four legs helping students in Louisa County.

Louisa County Sheriff's Office Lt. Patrick Sheridan will tell you a K9 like Allie can teach students valuable lessons.

At Revillians Elementary School, she’s teaching children with special needs.

"If there is a situation where they become lost, we explain to them about what they should do in the woods,” Louisa Sheriff's Office Lt. Patrick Sheridan said. "We explain to them what would happen if a police K9 gets close them and finds them. They don't have to be scared. They are their friends."

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Allie is a three-year-old bloodhound who has already been on 250 calls for service.

She recently helped save the life of a child on the autism spectrum.

Allie found the child alone in the woods and hugging a tree.

"What I did was let the child spend time with Allie. And I said, 'Hey, do you want to walk Allie out?' And the child said, ‘Yes,' and he got the lead. I was behind them, and Allie walked us out of the woods."

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These kinds of visits can also help students be calm, help them focus, and increase their ability to concentrate and learn.

People often turn to pets in times of emotional stress as a source of comfort.

Lt. Sheridan is just happy to teach the kids how important Allie can be for them.

"We did a grid search, a crime scene. They found an article of clothing for a missing student and then Allie was given that article. And she got to do a demonstration and show them how she works. And she found the student."

Building a relationship between animals and students is Building Better Minds.

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