At long last, we can say for sure that dogs love the fine arts.
Earlier this month, a group of service dogs attended a theater performance of Billy Elliot at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada. After the show, a photo of some of the dogs sitting up diligently in their seats made the rounds on Twitter. This makes sense: The photo is so cute that it does not even seem real.
According to a report from CBC, the outing was part of the pups’ training as service animals. “It’s important to prepare the dogs for any activity the handler may like to attend,” explained Laura Mackenzie, the owner and head trainer of K-9 Country Inn Service Dogs in Ontario. “The theatre gives us the opportunity to expose the dogs to different stimuli such as lights, loud noises and movement of varying degrees.”
The dogs attended a “relaxed performance,” which are designed for theatergoers who require or prefer a “less restricted audience environment.” Startling lights and sounds are often removed from these performances, and noise from the audience isn’t as big a deal as it would be at standard shows.
We look forward to the dogs’ formal review of the performance.