Pets Assisting with Student Success
Experience Pawsitive Vibes at NAITSA with PAWSS Dogs!
Welcome to the official webpage for the Pets Assisting with Student Success (PAWSS) program at NAITSA! We recognize the positive impact that animals can have on our overall wellbeing including mental health and stress reduction. NAITSA provides a space on campus where students can enjoy interacting with our beloved PAWSS dogs.
About NAITSA PAWSS program
Pets Assisting with Student Success (PAWSS) is a not-for-profit Animal Therapy program, created, developed and implemented by MacEwan University, that offers unstructured animal- assisted interactions.
NAITSA is proud to participate in the PAWSS program and has several PAWSS-certified dogs that are available for scheduled drop-ins in O108.
Need a Study Break? Meet a Furry Friend at NAITSA!
Need a break from studying or just want to brighten your day by a visit with a furry companion?
Stop by the NAITSA office any time during scheduled drop-in hours and request to see the PAWSS dog on shift.
*Availability is subject to change.
See who’s in today!
Meet our PAWSS Dogs
Birthday: July 13th
Breed: Border Collie
Meet Bristol! Bristol’s favourite toy is… everything and anything that is a toy! His favourite activities are getting pets and eating (dog) cookies.
Fun fact about Bristol: He has travelled overseas multiple times as an agility competitor representing Team Canada.
Birthday: September 16th
Breed: Australian Labradoodle
Meet Chester! Chester’s favourite toy is a “stuffy” (stuffed animal with all stuffing removed, of course). His favourite activity is chasing a laser pointer up and down the hallway; getting his belly rubbed is a close second.
Fun fact about Chester: He likes his water fresh; so fresh that at home he will jump into the bathtub and bark to ask for the tap to be turned on for a drink.
Birthday: August 2nd
Breed: Shih tzu mix
Meet Kohda! Kohda’s favourite toy is a squeaky hedgehog and he especially loves to play with it while everyone is sleeping. His favourite activity is sleeping and getting his ears pet.
Fun fact about Kohda: Kohda is Brazilian and doesn’t know any commands in English, but he will do any tricks for treats. He also loves tomatoes!
Birthday: December 12th
Breed: Toy poodle
Meet Lola! Lola’s favourite toys are bouncing balls, rubber toys or just a simple wood stick. Her favourite activities are napping in her princess bed, watching birds on the cat tree, or visiting the park.
Fun fact about Lola: Lola gives the best hugs and cuddles, but you have to work for puppy kisses! She will do tricks for her favourite dog treats.
Birthday: August 25th
Meet Lyla! Lyla’s favourite toy is a donut-shaped hedgehog with lots of squeakers. Her favourite activities are hanging out with her humans, getting cuddles, pets, and scratches.
Fun fact about Lyla: She is so friendly and if she’s barking it is because she’s asking for pets!
Birthday: September 28th
Breed: Border collie
Meet Mazzi! Mazzie’s favourite toys are a deflated volleyball or a piece of firewood. His favourite activities are running through agility tunnels and swimming.
Fun fact about Mazzi: Once Mazzi gets to know you, he gives the best hugs.
Birthday: October 30th
Meet MoMo! MoMo’s favourite toys are pretty much any soft squeaky toys and balls. Her favourite activity is to step her paws into cold water (shallow pool, river, muddy pond, etc.) because it feels nice and is fun, although she doesn’t like swimming or baths.
Fun fact about MoMo: MoMo knows some commands in Mandarin but she will do almost anything you ask in any language as long as there’s treats.
Birthday: November 1st
Meet Ruby! Ruby’s favourite toy is anything that doesn’t belong to her, like other dogs’ stuffed toys or socks. Ruby’s favourite activities are going for neighbourhood walks and digging holes in the backyard, especially wherever it is muddy!
Fun fact about Ruby: Ruby loves zucchini and is bilingual. You can give her commands in Portuguese or English, but she’ll only follow them for treats.
Birthday: July 5th
Breed: Border Collie
Meet Sunny! Sunny’s favourite toy is… all toys! His favourite activities are training agility, herding and chasing his younger brother, Mazzi.
Fun fact about Sunny: Sunny loves to watch TV, especially commercials with animals.