It is safe to say Barley is “paws down” the most popular staff member at the Sierra School of San Diego, a school for those with special needs. He has transitioned his services on-line to help students stay focused during virtual learning. “He’s just so cute and he helps me virtually feel calm when I’m looking at him,” said Annalise, a student at Sierra School of San Diego.

Trainers spent several years teaching the 8-year-old black lab how to empower children and young adults who have a variety of emotional and physical challenges. His caregiver happens to be the registered occupational therapist at the school.

“Our students have difficulty maintaining focus on what they need to do and maintaining some emotional stability and regulation to be able to learn effectively and Barley has always been a tool to help with that.”

– Erin Schwier, occupational therapist

The interview was published by CBS8