Therapy dog helps Allina Health EMS workers deal with stress

[KMSP Fox 9, April 25, 2019] Therapy dogs are becoming more common in a variety of school and workplace settings. At Allina Health, they’re testing out a new program for their EMS division to help those first responders deal with the immense stress they see on a daily basis.

Evie the goldendoodle may only be 14 weeks old, but she’s already nearing the finish of her puppy kindergarten class. Soon, she’ll start more intense training to become a certified therapy dog for Allina Health Emergency Medical Services.

“She’s doing awesome,” said Kyle Strege, Allina EMS Health EMS Operations Supervisor. “She’s learning very quickly. She’s a very intelligent dog.”

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