Barley and his handler, USAHS Master of Occupational Therapy Program Director, Dr. Erin Schwier, were on the baseball diamond for the Petco Park Dog Days of Summer
San Diego, July 5, 2017 – University of St. Augustine Health Sciences (USAHS) faculty, staff and students cheered on Barley, the USAHS facility dog, and handler Erin Schwier, OTD, USAHS Master of Occupational Therapy Program Director, at a recent San Diego Padres game. Dr. Schwier and Barley took the field as part of the Petco Park Dog Days of Summer game.
Barley is more than just the unofficial mascot for the USAHS San Marcos campus. As a certified facility dog, Barley trained and skilled in enhancing the quality of life and education for children or adults with disabilities or special needs, and seniors. Facility dogs like Barley are handled by professionals, like Dr. Schwier, and can be used to assist a select group of clients better manage their daily tasks.
In addition to Barley’s work in the local community as a therapeutic tool at a local nonpublic school for adolescents with learning disabilities, he is a regular in the university’s classrooms and library. Barley provides Dr. Schwier with a unique and innovative way to demonstrate how facility dogs can be used in Occupational Therapy. When he is not helping with demonstrations, clinics and education, he provides students with emotional support and a fun break from studying.