Paws & Relax: Pet Therapy at UNH

Paws & Relax: Pet Therapy at UNH

Paws and Relax - Pet Therapy at UNH

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. 


Alone Time with Hamilton

UNH students can schedule a one-on-one appointment at Health Services with Hamilton for a pet therapy session. A trained Pet Therapy Handler will also be present during the sessions. These sessions are free and open to all UNH students. Call (603) 862-3823 for an appointment. 

Socialize with Hamilton

Hamilton can be requested to visit a residence hall, Greek house, classroom or student organizations. Sessions must be scheduled in advance. 
Click Here to Request a Group Session with Hamilton

Brittany Kokoszka '16 is majoring in Zoology with a minor in Animal Behavior. She is also a handler for Hamilton as part of our Paws and Relax Pet Therapy Program.

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 Therapy Animal Program that trains volunteers and their pets for visiting hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, schools and other facilities.


Hamilton Test Drives GoPro Technology

We collaborated withUNH Information Technology to make this video highlighting Hamilton. GoPros were placed on Hamilton's chest and back and a film crew followed him to several UNH IT service areas and his office in Health Services  to capture a day at work from Hamilton's perspective.