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BW students training therapy dogs

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Luca Luca
Chloe Chloe
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They are not your typical Baldwin Wallace University students but they are among the most popular. Luca the Great Dane and Chloe the Sheltie. They are therapy dogs, in training, to one day sit in therapy sessions with children and adults.

"Dogs provide unconditional love. no matter how bad a day at work you've had, no matter how traumatic an experience a young child has had, the dog is going to love them for who they are," says Psychology Department Chair Charles Levin.

This program is run through the BW Psychology Department in partnership with Ohioguidstone. and as an internship the student trainers take dogs to classes, dorms, and cafeterias two to three days a week.

"A lot of people want to give Luca a lot of attention so we try to train him a lot in visiting, and petting and having him people pull on him, and kind of lay on him and kind of wrestle a little but with him," explains student trainer Annie Carver. "So we try to take him into areas like that." "Just to make sure he has the right temperament?" 19 Action News Reporter Dan DeRoos asked. "Exactly," Carver says.

The program is in its first year and Luca and Chloe hope to be the second and third graduates if they pass their training test this June.  

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