Paws Program

PAWS Fall 2016The Paws Program was created to connect students to therapeutic animals to reduce stress and improve overall well-being. Peer Health Education, located in the Center for Health Promotion, is currently offering two Paws Program events each semester in coordination with Bright Spot Therapy Dogs, Inc. Looking to lower your stress, learn about resources on campus related to stress reduction and/or discover new ways to engage in self-care?  Come to one of the events listed below!

Paws Program events for the 2019-2020 academic year:

Tuesday, October 1
Wednesday, December 4
Wednesday, February 26
Wednesday, April 22

Paws Fall 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

How many times will the dogs visit?
Campus-wide events are scheduled twice a semester – at midterms and finals.

Can the dogs stay longer?
The dogs can go 2 – 3 hours before they need to rest. Sleep’s important for everyone!

Can the dogs visit my residence hall or department?
Unfortunately, no. We want as many people as possible to get to relax with the dogs.

Will you bring cats for petting?
Right now, the Paws Program is able to work with dogs only. We’ll let you know if this changes!

How about small dogs?
In general, therapy dogs tend to be bigger, but small ones can be certified too. Learn what it takes to be a Bright Spot Therapy Dog at