Counseling: Therapy Dog Program

AAT Team
Last Updated: 9/28/2020 3:31 PM

Weekly Oakley Video



Animal-Assisted Therapy Program

The school counseling department of Preble County ESC Alternative School is excited to announce the addition of a new counselor. His name is Thorin Oakenshield, or “Oakley” for short. He is a 6-year-old boxer/lab mix. Mr. K and Oakley are a Certified Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) team, trained through Dogtors University.

Oakley will be working a few days each week. He is trained to provide calm with students that are anxious, support when students are sad or upset, support for classroom guidance lessons, and provides a valuable connection with students that may be apprehensive about discussing problems with a human counselor. Due to COVID-19, Oakley's duties are restricted to his partner's office only. Those interacting with Oakley must wear a face covering and use hand sanitizer before interacting with him.

If you would like additional information about the program, there is a presentation that you may view at:

Students will not be allowed to have contact with Oakley without a parental signed Concerns Slip turned into the counseling office. You can download a copy of the form here, or you can fill out the online form here.

If you have any additional questions about Oakley’s position or how he will be used, please don’t hesitate to call (937-456-1422, ext. 305) or email (

Mr. K. gave a presentation to each of the ED classrooms about reading Dog Body Language and Dog Safety. Here is the presentation, presenter dialogue is included in this version.