This fall, Carleton University will be welcoming six new furry friends to join Blue, the Carleton Therapy Dog, in the new Carleton Therapy Dogs program. Throughout the summer, Carleton faculty and staff and their canine companions have completed both their Therapy Dog and Mental Health training as Carleton University prepared to launch the program.
The program is unique in Canada in its approach which incorporates Carleton employees and their trained and evaluated dogs to be a part of an integrated form of support that will provide a low-level mental health strategy to help you thrive as a student. Participants in the program have completed extensive training as well as a Therapy Dog evaluation in partnership with Ottawa Therapy Dogs, to become official Carleton Therapy Dogs.
While on campus, all of our official Carleton Therapy Dogs will be outfitted with a red vest and Carleton logo on each side. The dog handler will typically also wear a black “Carleton Therapy Dogs” polo and carry a Carleton photo identification card for themselves and their dog as a team.
To meet the team and find out when you can visit them for some pawsitive support, visit the Carleton Therapy Dog website.
As a reminder, only dogs specifically recognized by the Carleton Therapy Dog program and dogs identified as service animals as defined by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (PDF) are allowed in campus buildings.
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