At CCCU we are lucky to have two dog as members of our research teams:
Pixie is a ‘Therapy dog’: These dogs are personal pets that complete basic obedience training with the owner . After which, they undergo a temperament assessment which assesses that the dog is sociable and friendly, calm and gentle when being stroked or handled and is not overly fearful of new and unexpected stimuli (Jalongo, et al. 2004; Marcus, 2013).
Oliver is a ‘Facility dog’: This is s a type of assistance dog that works alongside a professional in a service capacity to assist multiple people with different needs. In this capacity, both the facility dog and working professional are specially trained an internationally recognised Assistance Dog International (ADI) program.
Our therapy dog service here at CCCU is based upon a positive notion of health and wellbeing and we work in a number of student wellbeing services around campus