Therapy Dog Program

Therapy Dog “Grace”

Breed: Labradoodle

Gender: Female

DOB: May 21st, 2022

March 20th 2023

Even more small humans were meeting up with Grace today for a fun session of playtime, snuggles, and adventure! Peyton and Penelope along side their mom Rachael, who is actually one of the groomers at our very own Pretty Paws LLC, arranged a visit with miss Grace after school today! Grace enjoyed meeting the littles and getting to explore with them, snuggle, watch t.v. and play games together! Peyton has known Grace since she was a little puppy and often works along side our lead trainer, Mandie, to help train our therapy dogs to follow instruction from children. This was, however, Grace’s first time meeting baby Penelope. Thank you so much for all of your time Rachael, Peyton, and Penelope! Grace had a blast and was nice and tired when she got home!

March 20th 2023

Tiny human alert! Sweet Grace got to meet 3 month old Waylon today with handler Linda! Baby Waylon and his mom were good sports and everyone enjoyed their time introducing Grace to more “littles” as we call them! Grace was very gentle and curious and enjoyed following Waylon around supervising his investigations! What a team!

March 19th 2023

It was a beautiful day for an outing! Today Grace and handler Linda met up with pup pal Roxy and took a long walk in downtown Cedarburg! They met more new friends and socialized with many. There were lots of smiles all around for these two cuties! Grace was pretty tuckered out after all the fresh air and exercise. She promptly took a nap on her mat when she got home!

March 15th 2023

It was a great outing today for the job fair! Grace met hundreds of new people and students looking into their future career choices. We had a chance to educate many on the wide variety of careers in the animal industry including the training and handling of our special therapy dogs!

March 9th 2023

Grace assisted us in our Therapy Dog Handling Class tonight with our students from Concordia University! Student handlers had a chance to learn about how dogs think and how to not only handle the dogs but learn the training process and how to work with behaviors to ensure successful outings and handling! Dawgs in Motion aims to assist in the education of dog lovers, owners and handlers, and was excited to be able to work with this select group of students for a very special class session with our training program here at Dawgs in Motion.

December 19th, 2022

After a busy morning of meeting new friends at the senior living center Grace took a trip with her handler Linda to Farm and Fleet! It was a great training experience and she had a chance to meet more people and children, and experience lots of new sights and sounds! She was brave and calm and did a great job with socializing and her training!

December 19th, 2022

Today Grace visited the sweet residents and staff at Terova Senior Living. She enjoyed working with her handler Linda and meeting all of her new friends. It was wonderful to see all of the bright smiles that she brought to everyone’s faces!

December 15th, 2022

Today Grace visited the staff at Johnson Centrifugal Technology. She brought lots of smiles to many faces and showed off her skills that she has been practicing! She was a happy, sweet gal with the staff and had a blast socializing and building more confidence!

Deceber 8th, 2022

Grace had her first trip to Concordia University today! It was very exciting as she was able to see the students again for the first time since their class completed at Dawgs in Motion. Grace was able to meet lots of new people, see new sights, hear new sounds, and much more! It was a great opportunity for Grace to see students on a busy campus and meet lots of new faces with our lead trainer Mandie and Dawgs in Motion’s owner Sue!

December 1st, 2022

Grace had a special off-site lesson today! She got to work with the rest of the pack (Nori & Joy) and practice being calm and relaxed around young children. Grace has had lots of exposure to kids and people, even babies and she loves them! She did awesome with her little pals and followed the other dogs’ lead in giving lots of calm and polite love!

November 18th, 2022

Today the comfort dog ministry and compassion care students from Concordia took their final exam with Dawgs in Motion to earn their Certified Therapy Dog Handler certificate. The students took a written exam followed by a practical applied handling exam and had a chance to introduce Grace to the Dawgs in Motion mascot!

November 11th, 2022

Another vet visit for a check-up and some more socializing practice! Grace received good marks from the vet both in her health and behavior. She even got some extra practice in with the special tools!


November 7th, 2022

Today was Grace’s first television debut! She was featured on the news alongside Dawgs in Motion and Concordia University for a feature overviewing the Comfort Dog Ministry and the roll that she and Dawgs in Motion plays in helping train new handlers for the program. Our training team is currently teaching a group of students on canine handling and basics and will be testing and certifying them as certified therapy dog handlers.

October 27th, 2022

Grace had her first professional photoshoot today! She was such a brave girl and loved posing for the camera with the assistants and the talented Trish from Legacy Studios!


October 14th, 2022

Grace has been continuing to excel in her training and has been assisting in the instruction of the Concordia Comfort Dog Ministry program. Dawgs in Motion not only has been training Grace to prepare her for her future in the ministry but is also currently teaching a groups of students who are participating in the ministry to certify them as Therapy Dog Handlers.

September 16th, 2022

Today Grace attended a charity event with her trainer Mandie and puppy raiser Linda. The event that was hosted featured three charities including Concordia’s Comfort Dog Ministry. Grace got a chance to do some community outreach, meet lots of people and bring smiles to many faces! She even got to meet the current Concordia Comfort Dog, Zoey!

September 6th, 2022

Today Grace graduated from her beginner obedience class with her class handler Baily. Grace did a great job with socializing, focusing and is doing great with her basics! It is amazing the difference that six weeks can make! Check out how big she has gotten in this short amount of time! How can you not love that little grin on her face!

What a proud puppy!


August 16th, 2022

 Today Grace graduated from her intense in-home board and trainer with our lead Trainer, Mandie. Grace learned the intros to important skills like leave-it, recalls, sit, down, place, and more! She also worked on housebreaking and her initial socialization during the critical socializing period! It will be a busy and exciting time for Grace over the next few days as she begins to make her transition from the board and train home to her puppy raiser home with raiser Linda and her Beagle, Joy!

July 23rd, 2022

Today Grace passed her STAR puppy test! She is now officially an AKC STAR Puppy! Grace needed to pass several pre canine good citizen tests in order to achieve this title and she did it with flying colors! We can’t wait to continue training with her; Next stop… CGC!