Friday, December 2, 2011

Does a 'Puppy Fix' Cure the Stress of Studying?

On Wednesday, local rescue organization A Forever Home brought fifteen sweet, sweet puppies to visit students at George Mason University School of Law in Washington, D.C.  With finals approaching, the pups were brought in to help students decompress.

This is the GMU's second, though unofficial, "Puppy Day".  Fourteen little guys were also brought in before finals last April.  The start of a new tradition, perhaps?

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But George Mason isn't the first institute of higher learning to appreciate the value of puppy love.
  • Monty, a Border Terrier mix, visited at the libarary of Yale Law School for a 3-day trial last spring.  He was available to be "borrowed" for 30 minute sessions.  The test run was apparently a success, and the university planned to bring Monty back again this season.
  • The University of San Francisco also offered scheduled stress therapy visits in May. Four dogs from the SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy Program visited for four days during finals, and students could schedule 10-minute sessions with a dog in the TV room of the library.

Now to count down the time until my next puppy fix!

UPDATED 2:35PM:
Colleen Learch (also a fellow WOOFS! trainer!) let me know about a Live Q&A Conversation on this topic today on WashingtonPost.com. Colleen is an active volunteer with Lost Dog and Cat Rescue, and she hosted a chat titled: Can pets really lower your stress level? Dog trainer, rescuer discusses

Very cool, and thanks Colleen!