Patriot PAWS highlights partnership with Behavior Analysis

University of North Texas students Alyssa Schmidt (left) and Maasa Nishimuta work with Drill Bit, who is being trained as a service dog to a military veteran, inside UNT's University Union.

In its Spring 2017 newsletter, Rockwall-based nonprofit Patriot PAWS featured UNT’s partnership training service dogs for veterans:

Patriot PAWS has partnered with the University of North Texas Department of Behavior Analysis, chaired by Dr. Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, to grow our puppy raiser program in a rather unique way. Graduate students in the student organization ORCA (Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals) work with PAWS dogs with behavioral issues by developing a training plan specific to the dog's needs.

Dr. Rosales-Ruiz is one of the few scientists in the world studying animal training from both the theoretical and applied perspectives, and his ORCA students get hands-on experience while helping to train and socialize our dogs. Currently, there are only 3-5 dogs on campus, but we hope to expand the program to give all UNT students the opportunity to become puppy raisers.

Service dog Logan, placed with veteran Alice Crosby in our November 2016 graduation, was a UNT success story. Keep up the great work UNT!

Watch a video and read more about UNT’s work with Patriot Paws:
Video: UNT students help train service dogs for veterans