"Working with Willie is great, because she just makes you smile," LeGrand told the New York Daily News. "She'll bump me with her head as part of my balance work. She bumps and I try to keep my balance."
But bumping LeGrand is just one of the multiple tasks Willie has been trained to perform in order to help paralysis patients develop their strength and coordination:
When she hears the command "tug," the happy-go-lucky pup will engage in a spirited game of tug-of-war with LeGrand. And when patients get stressed, the command "lie down" sends Willie to her stomach, next to Legrand to comfort him.
The "push" command tells Willie to help nudge patients into the proper position for an exercise - or, in LeGrand's case, to try and knock him over while he sits on a mat.