Dog Days for NHS Ag Students

Dog Days for NHS Ag Students
Posted on 01/13/2019
Dog Days for NHS Ag Students

Rudy’s day got an early start Thursday.

The Golden Retriever was at Nacogdoches High School by 7 a.m., getting his fur brushed by 7:30 and shampooed before 9, all part of the ag department’s Doggie Day Spa.

Before the day was over, students in the classes cared for a total of four dogs, most of them regulars at the program at NHS that’s now in its third year.

The service, started by ag teacher Jerrett Cobb, allows students in small animal management classes at NHS to care for dogs. Students provide thorough brushings of the dogs, a nail trim, a shampoo bath and blow dry, ear and eye cleaning, and exercise and playtime.

Cobb said he discovered most students were familiar with a handful canine breeds.

“I thought, ‘How can I get them to see all the range of dogs?’” Cobb said.

That led him to Doggie Day Spa, which got off to a slow start but is now growing in popularity. Initially, it was open only to dogs belonging to teachers at the high school. The services has been expanded to include dogs belonging to the general public, Cobb said.

All sizes and breeds have visited,said  Cobb, ranging from the small – a teacup chihuahua that weighed roughly two pounds – up to extra-large – a great Dane and a mastiff.

During Thursday’s visit, Rudy was brushed to remove loose hair from his coat then walked across the parking lot to the greenhouse where he climbed into a large tub to be soaked in preparation for a shampoo.

A smaller blue pitbull pup was shampooed in a sink located in the shop room, something impossible to do with the larger breeds that need more space, Cobb said.

Before participating in the class, students and parents sign a waiver that makes it clear students will be working closely with animals, Cobb said.

This semester, several days are set aside in January, February and April (March is set aside for students exhibiting animals at livestock shows). Most Doggie Day Spas are scheduled for Tuesdays and Thursdays (although there are some adjustments to the calendar – check with Cobb for the complete schedule).

Dogs stay at the school the entire day, with individual cages set up in a shop room. The cost for the service is $15, and the revenue generated helps offset any costs as well as pay for the care of rabbits ag students are raising.

Before dogs can visit for the day, their owners must provide a current shot record that will be kept on file at the school.

Contact Jerrett Cobb to at Nacogdoches High School to set up an appointment by calling 936-564-2466 or email jcobb@nacisd.org

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