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When he started B.A.R.K. (Building Academic Retention through K9s), UBCO researcher John-Tyler Binfet didn’t quite anticipate how the upstart program for student wellness would evolve into a model of fellowship with more than 50 therapy dogs.

“I can only take so much credit for the success of B.A.R.K. as it’s really the dogs who do the heavy lifting in the program—they connect with students in ways faculty, staff, and even peers can’t match.”

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