TEWKSBURY – Police Chief Ryan M. Columbus is happy to share that the Tewksbury Police Department is holding a contest for students to help name a puppy that is training to be a comfort dog for the service.
Tewksbury Police have been working with Monadnock Labradoodles, a breeder of small dogs in southern New Hampshire, to find a suitable young puppy who will be trained to serve as a comfort dog in partnership with School Resources Officer Eric Hanley.
Once fully formed, the selected Labradoodle will serve alongside Hanley and work to calm and build relationships with students at Tewksbury Public Schools, as well as at community events around town.
The initiative to add a comfort dog to the department’s roster is funded entirely by donations from Monadnock Labradoodles LLC, Walmart, Salem Five Bank, Auntie Dog Training Studio, Taught-a-Lot Childcare, and WellPet LLC.
“This new member of the Tewksbury Police Department will help serve, protect and comfort the students here at Tewksbury, so I am delighted to give the students in our community the opportunity to have a little fun while helping us choose one. perfect name, ”said Chef Columbus. “Let’s be creative and work together to welcome this young K-9 who will become both a friend and a resource for our community. “
To submit a name by the November 30 deadline, click here.
Monadnock Labradoodles trainers helped select a specific puppy whose personality is appropriate for a comfort dog. Labradoodles are a cross between Poodles and Labrador Retrievers that were bred to create an allergy and asthma-friendly breed who also have calm, intelligent, and confident personalities and enjoy human interactions.
“He is a gentle, confident, calm, calm and touching puppy who enjoys human interactions and has the ability to navigate new and potentially ‘scary’ environments,” said Danielle Borozinski, manager at Monadnock Labradoodles. “He’s also the biggest of the litter at just over seven pounds, so he’ll weigh at least 30 pounds as an adult, which will be great considering his job.”
The pup will join Constable Hanley and Tewksbury Police on November 28, then undergo training at the Auntie Dog Training Studio.