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Black Lab provides special influence on kids as therapy dog

There is a new tool for students at Blair Oaks Elementary School. He is about 4 years old, enjoys children and naps.

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Kramer, a black Labrador therapy dog, is the center of attention during a morning class at Blair Oaks Elementary School. From left, students Nathan Wright, Amber Braun, Webb Villmer, behind Kramer, and Kayle Hoelscher vie for Kramer's attention.

Kramer is the newest addition to the tools guidance counselor Rachel Cole plans to use to help relate to students or motivate them to be at school and do well. Kramer is Cole's black Labrador retriever.

He officially became part of the school on Monday, just days after he passed his certification through Therapy Dogs International.

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