Paws and Relax

OHEP: Mind, Body, Spirit

Office of Health Education and Promotion

Paws and Relax

Hamilton the Health Services Pet Therapy Dog with UNH Students

Petting an animal has been shown to reduce the stress and anxiety that comes with being a college student. Paws and Relax is a pet therapy program at UNH that aims to enhance the well-being of students. 


Paws and Relax Sessions with Hamilton

  • Group Sessions with Hamilton
    Hamilton can be requested to visit a residence hall, Greek house, classroom or student organizations on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Sessions mus be scheduled in advance. 
  • Individual Sessions - COMING JANUARY 2015
    Starting in January, Hamilton can be visited for scheduled one-on-one sessions. A trained Pet Therapy Handler will also be present during the sessions. 

About Hamilton

Hamilton (a.k.a. Hammy) is a 4 year old, 85 pound, Great Dane mix who was adopted from the Houston Humane Society as a puppy.  He is owned and trained by our Nutrition Educator/Counselor, Maria Caplan

Hamilton is a certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC), through the American Kennel Club which stresses responsible pet ownership and basic good manners for dogs and he is a certified therapy dog through the national organization Pet Partners Partners' Therapy Animal Program that trains volunteers and their pets for visiting hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities.

Click Here to Request a Group Session with Hamilton

Group sessions with Hamilton will be available Mondays and Tuesdays from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.