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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Student Therapy Dog Training Grabs Media Spotlight

BW's innovative partnership that allows psychology majors to train therapy dogs on campus has grabbed the media spotlight in the past week.
The story first appeared in Monday's Plain Dealer; yesterday, two Cleveland television stations profiled the program with the help of three BW psychology majors who are gaining experience with service dog training, as well as internship or field credit. Psychology majors Annie Carver '14, Zoe Locascio '15 and Whitney Vura '14 and department chair Charles Levin were featured in the reports, along with OhioGuidestone therapy dogs in-training Luca and Chloe.

For the 6 and 10 p.m. report on FOX 8, Enrique Correa even used a GoPro "doggie cam" to capture footage from the collar of 190-pound Great Dane, Luca. The Fox 8 report and the story that aired at 4, 6 and 11 p.m. on WOIO TV 19 noted that the presence of the dogs on campus has been a bonus for all students, who frequently stop to interact with the dogs as they go about their training in classrooms, the union, etc.

Read even more about the therapy dog training program on the BW website.