The Office of One Health and Wellness, led by Dr. Colleen Anne Dell, offers various services to the community as a part of it's research program. There are currently five initiatives being offered and all focus on the development of PAWSitive Canine Connections:
Check out the initiatives below and have a look around the website to see more of what we do!
This toolkit was developed to inform service dog trainers about recovery from substance use harms and the important role of peer support and connection for the wellness of dog handlers diagnosed with PTSD/ posttraumatic stress disorder, with a focus on Veterans. The toolkit includes:
This is a reflexive education based program involving instructors, dog handlers, and prisoners in the area of addictions. The program was initiated by Drs. Colleen Dell and Darlene Chalmers in 2018 at Drumheller Prison in Alberta, Canada. With the pandemic, the program is offered on a smaller scale at the Regional Psychiatric Centre in Saskatoon. Select AAT and AAA sessions have also been offered in the city.
The goal of this visiting therapy dog program is to offer participants feelings of comfort/love and support on the USask campus. The program was initiated in 2015 by Dr. Colleen Dell in collaboration with campus Peer Health and St. John Ambulance During the COVID-19 pandemic the program moved to on-line visiting and offering in-person support at vaccination clinics.
In partnership with the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, this initiative aims to raise awareness among service providers about the potential beneficial role of companion animals, in particular dogs, in their clients' substance use health. One of these supports is a dog's ability to counteract the harmful effects of stigma.
The PAWS in Places campaign is sharing evidenced-based knowledge to raise awareness about the potential benefits of pets in the workplace, rental housing and others establishments. This is a collaborative effort of Dr. Dell's office of One Health and Wellness, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, and Royal Canin, a division of MARS Petcare.
Dr. Dell and her office work closely with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog program doing research, including a study on therapy dogs visiting patients in a hospital Emergency Department. Dr. Dell is a Therapy Dog handler. Are you interested in becoming a Therapy Dog team? If yes, watch the test and training video to learn more. Dr. Dell's office also does training with handlers.
Dr. DeIl works and research in several areas, but one of her favor topics is dogs. Her team at the University of Saskatchewan focuses on anything and everything to do with the connecting bonds between humans and canines. Look around the website and follow us on social media to learn more @PAWSitive Canine Connections.