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 to 3 hours before they need to rest. Sleep is 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. If you would like a dog to visit your program or residence hall, UMPD K9 officers Alec and Parker are available throughout the year as scheduling allows.
Will you bring cats for petting?
Right now, the Paws Program is able to work with dogs only. We will let you know if this changes!
How about small dogs?
In general, therapy dogs tend to be bigger, but small ones become certified too. Learn what it takes to be a Bright Spot Therapy Dog at www.bright-spot.org.