There’s just nothing like a puppy snuggle, or a hug from a dog. The list therapeutic benefits, both physical and mental, are scientifically proven. A visit from a furry, four-legged friend can lower blood pressure, reduce physical pain, promote relaxation and raise your spirits.
Canadian and American educational institutions have really caught on, and a yearly trend has begun. In 2012 Dalhousie University in Halifax announced that they would be hosting Therapeutic Paws of Canada, and within hours there thousands of shares among students on social media. Students were encouraged to take a moment to relax and enjoy the company of a canine. The event was a huge success.
In every case the dogs are brought in to help cope with the stress of university life especially during the end of term during exams and daunting term paper time. Their calming influence reduces anxiety allowing students a moment to clear their minds and not think about school strains.
These visits from canines also encourage increased sociability, communication among peers, and go a long way towards boosting self confidence, making students feel accepted.
The latest country to jump aboard the puppy train is the UK. Central Lancashire recently hosted its first every 3 hour long event (set up by SOS — stressed out students) where students were invited to sign up for a session of snuggling.
It’s difficult to deny all that dogs have to offer. Even if they’re not your own, and they’re on lend, they give you a much needed boost to get through some of the most stressful of times.