Animal-Assisted Therapy

Come to CTS to visit with Buddy, Dakota, Willow, and Rockstar our four therapy dogs!  Spending time with animals can be a great way to boost your mood and decrease anxiety or depression, and our dogs are more than happy to do so with you!  They can be brought into individual sessions, seen in workshops, and pet while walking around CTS.

Meet our Therapy Dogs, Buddy, Dakota, Willow, and Rockstar!


Buddy is a 5 year old Therapy Poodle who recently joining the UNT Counseling and Testing Services team after relocating here from Georgia. Buddy is a Standard Poodle who lives with his human Dr. Tamara Grosz and his family which includes Tamara’s husband Dr. Michael Grosz and two children that adore him. A cat named Marshmallow recently joined the family. Buddy loves working with students and offers a weekly stress management and meditation group called Dog Breathe.  Visit Buddy’s Facebook page for updates on other programs he offers and to see pictures of Buddy and the students he loves. 


Dakota started her career at UNT in 2007 as a therapy dog in training. She passed her therapy dog test with flying colors, which allows her to go into complex settings such as hospitals and nursing homes as well as predictable settings such as Counseling and Testing Services. She is well-liked by the staff, students and faculty. Her favorite activities are napping, walking and eating treats.



Willow, a chocolate Labrador Retriever, started her training at Counseling and Testing Services in February, 2016, at two months of age. She is a rapidly growing and energetic puppy.  She will be one-year-old on December 19, 2016. Her favorite activities are visiting with students and staff, playing with other dogs and eating treats. She also loves to recycle while out on her walks, picking up trash left behind by others.

Our dogs are co-facilitating 3 weekly workshops in Spring 2017 (call to register!):

  • Dog Breath

Mondays from 2:00- 3:00, Chestnut Hall 311 

Come hug and be hugged by a poodle named Buddy! Learn skills that can be used to relieve stress and manage anxiety while spending time with a lovable pet!

  • Welcome to the Office, with the Therapy Dogs!

Wednesdays from 1:00- 2:00, Chestnut Hall 311 

Come watch clips of "The Office" with our therapy dogs, Dakota and Willow, while learning to form healhty relationships and increase coping skills!

  • Healing Arts with Rockstar the Dog

Wednesdays from 4:00- 5:00, Chestnut Hall 311 

Come join Rockstar the therapy dog for some destressing art! We provide you with supplies to complete an art project designed to increase self-awareness, compassion, and gratitude. Come join us for art, or even just for cuddles with Rockstar!