Binfet reflects on seven years of dog therapy

March 13, 2019

As dog therapy gains popularity across campuses, University of British Columbia Associate Professor John-Tyler Binfet describes his experiences overseeing 60 canine campus teams over the past seven years. Binfet writes about the importance of valuing dog welfare and training handlers to recognize signs of distress and ensuring that the programs stay flexible and accessible. He notes that his team found that student stress was reduced significantly after being with the dogs, adding that a half-hour was the typical amount of time that a university student needed with the dogs to feel that their stress had been reduced. While first-year students accounted for the bulk of their visitors, Binfet notes that upper-year students, faculty, staff, and other community members also made use of the therapy dog programs. Ottawa Citizen (CP) (National)