Animal assisted therapy and animal assisted activities often include taking dogs to nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation centers - but now colleges?
Dalhousie University students are getting a bit of surprising support during finals, today through December 6. Therapeutic Paws of Canada in Halifax, is bringing in dogs, into a 'Petting Room.' The sole purpose is to offer students a healthy stress release.
There's actually tons of science to support the idea. Listen, it's likely there are students who might be on Prozac or another psycho-pharmaceutical. Thing about a wagging tails are that they are less expensive than a drug and without side affects.
Therapeutic Paws of Canada is a non-profit organization of volunteers providing animal resources for human needs (physical, mental, educational, motivational, socialization) through regular visits to hospitals, residences, schools, etc. Going onto a college campus to hang out his is a first for this organization, or any as far as I know.
It would be really interested to determine, somehow, if grades improve as a result of this program. Or at least if indeed the dogs serve the stress-busting purpose which they're intended.