Thursday, July 17, 2014

Big Dogs on Campus Pass Therapy Dog Exam

Two dogs that trained on campus with BW psychology department students are now certified therapy dogs.  Luca, the Great Dane, and Chloe, the Sheltie, passed the Therapy Dog International (TDI ™) test this summer. The dogs will begin working with OhioGuidestone clients as soon as the licenses are in hand. OhioGuidestone's Rivienne Levin says Luca has already been identified to work with an autistic client,  as well as a client diagnosed with anxiety.

That success doesn't mean the BW community won't continue to benefit from canine companionship. OhioGuidestone's Lori Hanson and Levin will be assessing dogs who belong to current OhioGuidestone licensed therapists in the next few weeks. Once dogs are selected, they will be looking for volunteer BW students to again train the dogs in the upcoming academic year.

And, the gentle giant, Luca, and little Chloe also will continue to make appearances on the BW campus in order to keep their public access skills sharp. Levin says student trainers will gain new insights as they evaluate and work with dogs who are in the beginning stages of learning, as well as experienced dogs that need continuing supportive training.

Congrats to our student trainers and good luck to Luca and Chloe as they embark on their new roles as healing helpers!

Read more on BW's therapy dog training program.