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Carleton University launches therapy dog program to help students (VIDEO)

The school had one therapy dog on campus in 2017-2018, and officials say it was so successful they wanted to launch a full program for 2018-2019.

Carleton University is integrating its employees as therapy dog handlers, in order to foster a supportive environment for students that can help address mild to moderate mental health needs and facilitate referrals.

The thoroughly trained dogs have passed the Ottawa Therapy Dogs evaluation and will be receiving CKC Canine Good Neighbour certification. 

The handlers have been provided with mental health training to ensure they are equipped to support students in this role. 

As part of the program, the Carleton therapy dogs will greet students during weekly office hours and attend special events throughout the term.

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