BGSU PAWS Team
The BGSU PAWS Team is a dedicated group of campus and community volunteers and certified therapy dogs. The team hosts events on BGSU campuses throughout the year and is also available by request.
This program is part of the Wellness Connection at BGSU and we offer programing to support the BGSU community in all aspects of wellness.
Positive impacts of animal therapy:
- Reduced stress and anxiety
- Decreased feelings of loneliness, pain and fatigue
- Increased feelings of safety
- Decreased risk for cardiovascular disease
- Increased physical exercise
PAWS stands for Partners in Achieving Wellness for Students, staff and faculty. All PAWS dogs are certified by the Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Certified therapy dogs must be friendly, patient, confident, gentle and at ease in all situations.
PAWS Team Events
Jean Kitchen and Sochi received the Classroom Hero of the Month Award from BCAN/BCSN!
Congratulations to our own, Jean and Sochi for receiving the Buckeye Community Arts Network/Buckey Cable Sports Network Classroom Hero of the Month Award for November! We are so proud to have this amazing team as part of BGSU PAWS! Thank you for all you do, Jean & Sochi. Learn more about their award on the BSCN Classroom Heroes Website.
I grew up in the dog industry apprenticing under various nationally recognized trainers and participating in AKC & UKC junior handling events since early childhood. I have been competitive in dog shows for 15 years, putting numerous show & sport titles on both my dogs and client dogs. I have been employed as a professional trainer for 9 years, working with good manners clients, service dogs, therapy dogs, detection dogs, aggression cases, and more. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed through the CCPDT, a Zoom Room Certified Master Trainer, an IAABC behavior consultant, a Fear Free Certified Animal Trainer, a certified AKC Family Dog Evaluator, an ATD Therapy Dog Tester/Observer, and an active member of the Pet Professional Guild.
At Zoom Room, we don't train dogs, we train the people who love them! We offer AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy, Obedience, Rally, Agility, Scent Work, Urban Herding, Flyball, Therapy Dog, Tricks, and Canine Conditioning classes in Perrysburg, OH. Zoom Room dog training classes are specially designed to encourage dogs to build confidence and success as they master new behaviors in a simple, step-by-step process. Our classes have skills-based graduation requirements to keep learning at your own pace. Every class is also offered multiple times each week so you can come as many or as few times as you want each week for additional instruction and practice.
I am the owner and Master trainer here at Talk Dog Toledo, LLC training facility. I have been training dogs for the last 18 years here in the Toledo, OH area. After completing a 4-week intense training program, I opened my own training company 2005. I have completed additional training over the years to further my skills. I work with dogs of all ages, all breeds and all types of issues. I offer private lessons, group classes and board and train options for clients. My group classes start with puppy kindergarten and go all the way up to therapy dog and service dog skills. I work with my clients to make sure that they can achieve their dog training goals! I am also an AKC and CGC evaluator, an Alliance of Therapy Dogs tester and observer and a field rep for Paws with a Cause. I am a professional member of the IACP as well as the APDT.
Meet the Therapy Dogs
Family: Ellen R.
Social Media: Facebook – Griff the Corgi
Major: Bachelor of Science in Belly Rubs
Wellness Practices: I take an hour long nap every day after school.
Fun Fact: I spend my days at a school, keeping students company as they learn science.
Family: LeeAnn L.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/sheepadoodleohio
Major: Sweetness and Love
Wellness Practices: Harri has found his passion! He is going to single pawly rid his community of all the pesky squirrels.
Fun Fact: Harri will NEVER steal your sandwich! He is unbelievably suspicious of EVERY kind of food. He must be talked into most treats, let alone a real piece of meat! Maybe....MAYBE he'll take some cheese, but it usually takes a lot of prodding.
Breed: Portuguese Water Dog
Family: Ron Z.
Major: Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Clinical specialty, Residency in Neurological Conditioning & Training of my handler.
Wellness Practices: Going for daily walks or runs with an occasional swim. I stick to a well-balanced diet and have 3 meals a day.
Fun Fact: My breed was originally developed in the 1930s by Dr. Bensaude in Portugal. I only respond to Portuguese commands.
Breed: Parti Yorkie
Family: Sue R.
Social Media: Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Major: Bachelor of Art in It’s a Dog Life
Wellness Practices: Although I love my treats, I limit them each day. I also do my daily exercise of chasing the ball to stay fit.
Fun Fact: My first therapy visit was at BGSU in March 2022!
Breed: Boykin Spaniel
Family: Jean K.
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Cuteness
Wellness Practices: I take lots of naps!
Fun Fact: I get VERY excited about chipmunks and sticks. I also know my right paw from my left paw.
Family: Kim & Emily
Social Media: Instagram – bubbles.therapy.dog
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Relaxation with a concentration in 45mph Couch Potato
Wellness Practices: I take extra naps and do lots of doggy yoga.
Fun Fact: I am a retired racing greyhound.
Breed: Red Labrador Retriever
Family: Jacquelyn R.
Major: Making people happy
Wellness Practices: Napping, snacking, and taking long walks
Fun Fact: Rosie has had numerous litters of puppies!
Breed: Chihuahua Mix
Family: Chris & Garry W.
Social Media: None. It’s a work in progress.
Major: Pursuing his Master of Arts in Behavior
Wellness Practices: I practice meditation. I may look asleep, but I am actually deep in thought.
Fun Fact: I have a stroller decorated with Christmas lights in which I sometimes get to ride.
Social Media: Not yet.
Major: Bachelor of Science in Business with dreams of becoming an entrepreneur.
How do you practice wellness: I eat lots of snacks and take lots of naps.
Fun Fact: I am from Alaska. Also, I got my name from the TV show Mash, not from the Marvel character.
Breed: Welsh Terrier
Family: Sue S.
Wellness Practices: I like to eat, sleep, run around, greet neighbors, eat and sleep. Fun Fact: I am a Welsh Terrier, and 20 pounds of pure energy! I’m pretty smart and very stubborn, but my mom is the top dog in our house. My real name is Czar Dashing Bandit, but everyone just calls me Dash. My favorite thing to do is run with teenage boys.
Breed: Chocolate Lab Mix
Family: Joe & Bonnie F.
Major: Bachelor of Science in Playing
Wellness Practices: I go to annual visits to the vet. I eat lots of carrots and apple snacks. An apple a day keeps the vet away. And I remind my family repeatedly until I get my daily walk.
Fun Fact: I love car rides and walks. My favorite time of day is mealtime, and an hour before, I start begging for my food.
Bennington (a.k.a. Benny) George
Family: Carol T.
Major: Bachelor of Science in Public Relations. I am also a certified reading instructor and boat captain.
Wellness Practices: I enjoy swimming, exploring for dropped food and lost toys on walks. I also sing in a choir and I’m on the water polo team at Poco’s daycare.
Fun Fact: My initials are B.G. and I am 165lbs.
Breed: Australian Shepard
Family: Krista H.
Major: Physical Fitness and Toyology
Wellness Practices: chasing golf balls, always playing with toys and trying to get her dog sister, Mya Mae to chase her in the yard.
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Family: Debbie V.
Major: Social Worker with a Minor in Napping
Wellness Practices: Gordie likes to go for walks and eats a healthy diet. He loves carrots and apples!
Breed: Saint Bernard
Family: Sara D.
Major: Bachelor of Arts in Mindfulness
Wellness Practices: I enjoy nightly walks in the woods, snuggling my humans (especially my kids!), and enjoying the outdoors - snow, rain, or sun!!
Breed: Golden Retriever
Family: Carrie C.
Major: Masters in Snoozing
Wellness Practices: Lots of rest and leisurely strolls.
Fun Fact: I hate swimming and retrieving.
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Family: Laurie G.
Major: Children/Teen Therapist
Wellness Practices: gets plenty of sleep, exercises regularly.
Fun Fact: gets along with everyone, loves to come to work with family.
Family: Roy and Angela Y.
Major: Purveyor of Smiles
Wellness Practices: Allowing people to give him pats.
Attention BGSU Students ➔ Friends of the BGSU PAWS Team is a student-led organization focused on assisting the therapy dogs and their owners who visit campus. As a PAWS volunteer you will be able to play an integral role in improving the wellness of the BGSU community through the use of therapy animals. As a volunteer you'll be able to staff events, help run our social media account and fundraise for the program.
Updated: 11/27/2023 12:56PM