Walgreen's customers receive warm, fuzzy greetings from therapy dog

Published: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 03:41 PM.

Now, every second Thursday, Dozer and Nousiainen greet customers inside the drug store’s front door.

"We've had a very good response," Ed Kiefer, the store’s assistant manager said. "We get a lot of people coming in and getting pictures with him."

Having a greeter dog was a local arrangement, not something organized at the chain's corporate level, Kiefer said. When an employee suggested bringing Dozer to the store, management was glad to try it, Kiefer said.

Dozer, who recently started his third year as a therapy dog, is certified with the nationwide Therapy Dogs Inc. organization.

Dozer had to pass four levels of obedience training at a local canine training facility and take a "pretty strict test” for certification, Nousianen said. He also passed the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen course.


‘A regular dog’

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