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CanadaA crew of Canadian service dogs watched a live musical as part of their training

12:35  21 august  2019
12:35  21 august  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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The event was part of a two-year training program by K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs , head trainer Laura MacKenzie told CNN. A new crew of canine companions will return to the theater in October for another relaxed performance and maybe a glimpse of theatrical magic, Swerdfager said.

When the cast of a Canadian production of "Billy Elliot: The Musical " took their final bow after a recent show, the audience didn't make a single sound -- not even a woof.A polite crowd of about a dozen future service dogs attended an August performance at Ontario's Stratford Festival as part of their

A crew of Canadian service dogs watched a live musical as part of their training© Stratford Festival A group of service dogs attend a performance of "Billy Elliot: The Musical" as part of their training.

When the cast of a Canadian production of "Billy Elliot: The Musical" took their final bow after a recent show, the audience didn't make a single sound -- not even a woof.

A polite crowd of about a dozen future service dogs attended an August performance at Ontario's Stratford Festival as part of their training. While a silent curtain call might disappoint actors, the dogs' spellbound stillness is a great sign for their future handlers.

The event was part of a two-year training program by K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs, head trainer Laura MacKenzie told CNN. The future service dogs have toured zoos, subways and crowded fairs to acclimate them to the unfamiliar lights and sounds, rapid movements and bustling crowds they might encounter with their handler, she said.

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It's all part of their training . The pooches are learning to become service dogs . It takes 2 years for the dogs to complete their training , which also includes trips to the zoo, subways, and crowded fairs. The dogs don't have to actually pay attention to the stage to pass but some of them did, anyway.

A polite crowd of about a dozen future service dogs attended a production of "Billy Elliot: The Musical " in Canada as part of their training . Stratford Festival. When the cast of a Canadian production of "Billy Elliot: The Musical " took their final bow after a recent show

At the theater, the dogs are expected to sit under the seat or curl up at their handlers' feet while their humans enjoy the show, she said.

They stayed calm and quiet throughout the performance, but a few curious pups peeked their furry heads over the seats to catch a few minutes of the show, she said.

Ann Swerdfager of the Stratford Festival told CNN that many of the theater's patrons bring their service dogs to performances, so the company was "thrilled" to host the dogs for training.

The non-profit theater company hosts "relaxed performances" designed for audiences sensitive to light, sound and noise -- a perfect training ground for service-dog hopefuls.

A new crew of canine companions will return to the theater in October for another relaxed performance and maybe a glimpse of theatrical magic, Swerdfager said.

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A group of service dogs sat in the audience during a performance of Stratford Festival's 'Billy Elliot'. K-9 Country Inn Working Service Dogs . The group of dogs , ranging from poodles to Golden Retrievers, was attending a showing of Billy Elliot as part of their training to acclimatize them to the

A crew of Canadian service dogs watches a live musical as part of their training . It takes two years for the dogs to complete their training — which also includes trips to the zoo, subways, and crowded fairs. The dogs don’t have to actually pay attention to the stage to pass — but some of them

"The dogs were extremely well behaved," she said. "We hope they will join us for years to come."

A crew of Canadian service dogs watched a live musical as part of their training© Laura MacKenzie The dogs remained calm throughout the performance, mostly nestled between seats.

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