Concordia Comfort Dog Program

Therapy Dog “Grace”

Breed: Labradoodle

Gender: Female

DOB: May 21st, 2022

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 her handling team again for the first time since their class completed. Grace was able to meet lots of new people, see new sights, hear new sounds, and much more! It was a wonderful visit and we are very excited to have more to come in the future!

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 our Comfort Dog Ministry and Compassion Care students took their final exam with Dawgs in Motion to earn their Certified 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.

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 Confort Dog Ministry program. Dawgs in Motion not only has been training Grace to prepare her for her future in the ministry but also teaches 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!