Champion Trick Dog Brings Cheer to Patients, Students

Champion Trick Dog Brings Cheer to Patients, Students

MACH2 Hailey MXS MJG MXF T2B THDD CGCA owned by Karen Profenna of New City, NY

Karen had never trained a dog beyond just the basic “sit” and “down” commands until her fiancé’ gave her Hailey as a present, and she knew she had to find something to keep the high-energy puppy entertained.

The Beagle-Boston Terrier mix now is a champion trick dog and a certified therapy dog, who makes about 200 visits a year to nursing homes, hospitals and schools. She recently qualified for the AKC Therapy Dog Distinguished (THDD) title for making for than 400 visits to help others.

Hailey also is a very successful agility competitor who has earned two AKC Master Agility Championships (MACH2).

Mixed-breed dogs, like Hailey, participate in AKC events and programs through the AKC Canine Partners program for all dogs.