Therapy dogs offer stress relief to students

Monday, December 2, 2013 2:10:00 PM

Back by popular demand, certified therapy dogs will again visit campus to offer students a fun-filled study break. The event, hosted by the Stritch Library, was first held in the final weeks of the spring 2013 semester. Student participation was high, and the event was covered by local media.

Therapy Dog

As the fall semester wraps up and students prepare for final exams, therapy dogs will be in the Library’s Information Commons:

Tuesday, Dec. 3 from 6 -7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 4 from 11:30 a.m. -1 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5 from 6 -7:30 p.m.

Students are invited to pet and play with the dogs during these times.

Therapy dogs are trained to help individuals struggling with stressful situations.

Rosalia Slawson, user experience librarian, says that these events are becoming more common at universities to help students cope with the end-of-semester stress of final projects and exams.

"The end of the semester is such a busy and stressful time for everyone," said Slawson. "Being able to pet a dog and unwind for a few minutes is a nice break that we can offer."

Please note that the dogs will be contained in one area. Those who do not wish to encounter the animals will still be able to enter and exit the Library.