School Resource Dogs

  • The objective of the School Resource Dog program at Lakeville Area Schools is to safely partner with a highly trained facility dog in a broad range of instructional and non-instructional areas to increase student engagement, decrease anxiety, increase student motivation, reinforce existing skills and provide unique experiences. All District School Resource Dogs have been fully trained as service dogs with hundreds of hours of training, but based on their specific temperaments they were best suited for a career as a School Resource Dog.

Meet Our School Resource Dogs!

  • Click on any of the pictures to learn more about each of our school resource dogs!

Former School Resource Dogs

  • Click on the images to learn more about former school resource dogs who have served in our schools in the past!

Pawsitive Perspective Assistance Dogs (PawPADs)

  • Pawsitive Perspective Assistance Dogs (PawPADs) partners with Lakeville Area Schools to provide highly trained dogs to serve as School Resource Dogs. The primary focus of PawPADs is dual-training assistance dogs for people with physical mobility disabilities and Type-1 diabetes and utilizing the process of training the dogs in educational and therapeutic initiatives.

    Clients of PawPADs include:

    • Wounded warriors and other persons with physical mobility challenges
    • Children and adults with diabetes
    • Facilities like schools, Veteran’s homes and victim services

    Their funding relies primarily on individual contributions, corporate and foundation contributions, fundraisers, gifts-in-kind, and grants.

    PawPADs is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization 501(C)(3) charitable organization (EIN: 510593176) headquartered in Lakeville, Minnesota.

School Resource Dog FAQs

  • What is the difference between a service dog and a facility dog?

  • Do staff have to be trained?

  • Who will be with the school resource dog during the day?

  • Will the school resource dog live at school?

  • Do students have to work with the school resource dog?

  • How can we help support the school resource dog?

  • Where can I get more information about the benefits of a school resource dog?

Thank You to Our Sponsors