Regarding “Israel for Animal Lovers” (Dec. 2), your readers may be interested to learn that seven frisky dogs and 14 eager seventh-graders at Boys Town Jerusalem have become best friends thanks to an innovative new extra-curricular program aimed to teach the youngsters to train dogs. For the canines, this interaction can improve their chances of being adopted or becoming a service dog. For the boys, it’s an opportunity to grasp new perspectives on discipline each time they say “Sit!” or “Roll Over!” and wait for the four-legged response.
Boys Town Junior High principal Rabbi David Twersky says the course builds the students’ self-confidence, their sense of responsibility, their respect for animals, and their sensitivity.
Readers wishing more information regarding this program and BTJ in general can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.