Animal Assistant Therapy may be incorporated as a treatment intervention by Matthew Royster, M.A., LMHC and Valorie Royster, M.A., LMHC with client request and consent. The therapy dog’s name is Angel and she is a Great Pyrenees with Golden Retriever mix. Angel would be considered an extra-large dog by the AKC. She has been trained to perform tasks by the Royster’s and Midwest Dog Training. Royster and Royster, PLLC agrees to have proof that Angel is up to date and current on all vaccinations appropriate for the dog.
The AKC says The Great Pyrenees is a keen worker, faithfully guarding his flocks no matter the weather or terrain. With his intelligence, scenting ability and excellent sight, he is an invaluable companion to the shepherd. The breed possesses a beautifully thick, weather resistant white coat that may contain markings of badger, gray, or various shades of tan. While affectionate with his family and quiet and tolerant in general, if there is something to guard or protect, the Great Pyrenees can become quite territorial. Because they were bred to work independently and make decisions on their own, Pyrs may not be the star of the local obedience class. The breed should be exercised daily on leash or in a fenced area. New owners should be prepared for barking, especially at night, and brushing approximately once per week.