Patriot PAWS Service Dogs 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), mentored by Dr. Rosales-Ruiz, work with PAWS dogs with behavioral issues. Dr. Rosales-Ruiz is a world-renowned researcher and is one of the few scientists in the world studying animal training from both the theoretical and applied perspectives. His work has greatly contributed to the understanding of the science and practice of animal training.
Dr. Rosales-Ruiz and his student team spend time with each dog collecting and analyzing data on the behavioral issue and design a training plan specific to that dog. The students put into practice the concepts they have learned in the classroom giving them hands-on experience while helping to train and socialize our dogs. Service dog Logan, placed with veteran Alice Crosby in our November 2016 graduation, was one of our dogs helped by this program.
Currently, there are only 3-5 PAWS dogs on campus working exclusively with ORCA students, but we hope to expand that number in the future by giving all UNT students the opportunity to become puppy raisers much like our PAWS Aggieland program at Texas A&M University.