PAT trained dog Maisy

Pets for Therapy workshop

On Wednesday the 15th of March, Canine course manager Rachel Rodgers ran a Pets as Therapy (PAT) session as part of the Student Associations ‘Extra Time’.

Students from all levels and across the curriculum areas had the chance to meet and work with our trained PAT dog Maisy, experiencing some of the techniques involved in this therapeutic process.

PAT trained dog Maisy

PAT trained dog Maisy

PAT dogs have been proven to help people in many different ways, from lowering blood pressure, reducing stress, improving confidence and importantly helping those who are at times socially isolated. This session was particularly aimed at our Level 5 degree students who are due to start their end of year exams in a couple of weeks.

For students who were nervous or not as used to dogs, Maisy sat on Rachel’s knee and students could stroke Maisy when they felt comfortable. For those who felt able, students had the chance to work with Maisy and ask her to do a few simple tricks in return for a treat.

A little more about Maisy…

Maisy is 4 year old Jack Russell cross Pug, passed her Pets as Therapy assessment in May 2015 and has been a registered PAT dog since October. She has previously taken part in a PAT session for staff as during Staff Development Day last year, alongside her brother Rico. Maisy’s calm gentle nature makes her ideal for these sessions.

You can find out more about Pets as Therapy on the charity’s website: www.petsastherapy.org or have a chat with a member of the canine department.

Rachel Rodgers

Course Manager FdSc/BSc Canine Behaviour and Training

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