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Help UNC Police name new therapy dog

Through Feb. 21, online voters can pick one of four alumnae names for the Goldendoodle puppy.

Puppy laying on red blanket in front of potted plants.
(Image courtesy of UNC Police)

UNC Police is eagerly anticipating the arrival of its newest member – a therapy dog. This upcoming addition, yet to be named, marks the beginning of a pet therapy program started by the department.

“We’re incorporating a pet therapy program within the department to promote overall wellness campuswide,“ explains Community Services Officer Destiny Wylie. “We’re confident the therapy dog will foster stronger connections and collaborations between UNC Police and the Carolina community.”

UNC Police invite the Carolina community to help name the new therapy dog. The department has curated a list of names inspired by four distinguished UNC-Chapel Hill alumnae. Voting is open through Feb. 21 and the winning name will be announced Feb. 23.

Chosen for its temperament and physical characteristics ideally suited for this role, the UNC Police therapy dog is a standard F1B Goldendoodle. Wylie elaborates on the extensive research supporting the efficacy of this breed. “Our therapy dog, 75% poodle and 25% golden retriever, is hypoallergenic and genetically predisposed to minimal shedding.”

Upon joining UNC Police, the unnamed puppy will begin pet therapy certification, which involves training in obedience and specialized techniques associated with therapy work. The dog will perform assigned duties and always remain in the care of a designated handler, even during off-duty hours.

“We’ll be documenting her progress and update our followers when she makes her first campus appearance,” says Wylie. “We look forward to embarking on this new endeavor with the Carolina community.”