We’ve all had the misfortune of suffering through some inconsiderate audience members while enjoying ourselves at a theater. There’s that one person that has to spoil main plot twists or the ever-annoying social media addict that’s glued to their phones with screens blasting on a 100% brightness. But have you ever met a dog in the audience?

Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada has recently hosted a very special kind of audience, a group of adorable service dogs. On August 15, Stratford Festival shared a gallery of photos on their Twitter account with a caption “We had some pawsitivly adorable audience members from K-9 Country Inn Service Dogs during last weeks Relaxed Performance of #sfBillyElliot”.

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These dogs are not here to marvel at the musical performance of “Billy Elliot”, they’re here for training

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The team of canines were from K-9 Country Inn Service Dogs, a Service Dog Training Program that specializes “in programs for first responders, front line workers, and victims of trauma with PTSD”. The service dogs probably enjoyed the music and pretty sights, but they were actually on a mission. They were brought to the Relaxed Performance of “Billy Elliot the Musical” to learn proper theater behaviour which involed a lot of sitting, quietly.

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The performance that the pups were observing was also special and as the theater calls it, relaxed. Their site describes the relaxed performances like this:
“Relaxed performances are specifically designed to welcome patrons who will benefit from a less restricted audience environment. Patrons of all abilities are welcome, including but not limited to those with intellectual or learning disabilities, sensory processing conditions or autism. There is a relaxed attitude to noise and movement within the auditorium, and some minor production changes may be made to reduce the intensity of light, sound and other potentially startling effects. Babes in arms are also welcome to our relaxed performances. ”

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Image credits: stratfest

Bored Panda has reached to the K-9 Country Inn Service Dogs for additional comment and the have yet to respond. As for now? We get to enjoy looking at these adorable well-behaved pups who are all about their job!

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Image credits: k9countryinnservicedogs

Image credits: k9countryinnservicedogs

Here’s how people (and Mark Hamill!) reacted to the images shared on social media

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