Paws-itive Reinforcement: Assistance dog providing comfort at Children’s Listening Place

PARKERSBURG — A four-legged friend is proving to be a valuable asset to the clients and staff of The Children’s Listening Place.

Creighton, an assistance dog, regularly visits the CLP with St. Marys resident Amanda Rubenstein.

“When the two of them come through the door, the entire mood changes for the better in the center,” said Greg Collins, executive director of the CLP.

The organization conducts forensic child interviews and family advocacy in cases of abuse, serious neglect and sexual abuse. Creighton, a 7-year-old golden retriever, interacts with kids before and after their interviews to help them feel more comfortable and relaxed.

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Photo Credit: Amanda Rubenstein