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Therapy Dogs And Relieving Stress

December 18, 2011 by staff 

Therapy Dogs And Relieving Stress, Who needs a St. Bernard with a cask of brandy when you’ve got a terrier delivering Starbucks gift cards?

The students studying for finals at the University of Arizona’s College of Law got some much-needed stress relief this week when volunteers from the Delta Society brought some loving dogs to the law library for pet therapy, according to a UANews release.

“Other universities have just started bringing pets into the libraries to de-stress the students,” said Jan Hutchinson, one of the Delta Society animal-handler teams on site Tuesday afternoon. Volunteers will return Wednesday and Thursday.

One volunteer tucked Starbucks gift cards into the vest of Latus, a 4-year-old American Staffordshire terrier/pit bull mix, and encouraged students to peek into the pockets.

“You can just see the stress levels go down,” the volunteer said.

Studies have shown the physiological and emotional benefits of human-animal interaction, which is why the Delta Society has over 175 animal-handler teams that volunteer at schools, nursing homes, and hospitals.

“I thought it would be so fun, and it’s such a good idea,” said Rachel Corrigan, a third-year law student, going back and forth between petting Latus and yellow labrador Augie.

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