University Students Getting A Dose Of Dog Therapy
This week students at Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia were given a new outlet to deal with the stress of college life, final exams, and the holidays. A "puppy room" was set up for the kids to get a chance to chill with therapy dogs. With students waiting up to 45 minutes to visit the dogs the event has been a big success.
The student union at the university in chose to implement the three-day long program after a suggestion by a student in an online forum.
The students, some of them away from home for the first time and many more of them away from their own four-legged best friends, found a few minutes with these canine companions just the thing to take their minds off the stress of exams, homesickness, and other worries. Even though it is being referred to as a "puppy room," all of the dogs are full-grown, fully-trained therapy dogs. The dogs lapped up the attention with joy.
The "puppy room" idea is starting to spread as other schools are considering offering the same service.
Source: CBC News
Laurie Kay Olson
Animal News Blogger