Students 'paws' to relieve stress during exam time

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By Jazlyn MacLeod

Staff reporter

 

Fourth year Mount Allison student Danielle Biss found dog therapy to be the perfect stress reliever at the end of the school semester this year.

A big supporter of the program, which sees several therapy dogs and their owners make a visit to the university two-three times a year, Biss said she loves that Mount Allison brings the dogs in and thinks it provides a welcome diversion during exam time.

“I think dog therapy certainly helps others, be it as a distraction away from daunting to-do lists and tasks or comfort in the form of furry friends.”

Taking time out of her busy, stressful day to share in some animal love Biss said was worth it.

“Spending time with the dogs definitely helps to ease some of the stress of upcoming exams, and you can’t stop yourself from smiling when you’re with them.”

Students who have pets at home and visit the therapy dogs may find comfort in the reminder of their animals during the stressful exam season, Biss said.

“I used to have a dog at home, who was a real comfort when I was upset, and spending time with the therapy dogs reminds me of what it was like with my dog.”

Aside from the dogs, Biss said she enjoys the time spent with fellow students and getting the chance to talk with the owners and finding out more about the dogs.

Biss said she thinks spending time with animals can do wonders for mental health.

“There’s something about a dog just being there to listen and be with you. The dogs are wonderful whether you’re petting them or just watching them.”

Joanne Cameron, Team leader of Therapeutic Paws of Canada – Moncton, N.B., said you can see a person’s demeanor change when they meet the dogs as they quickly start to smiles and relax.

“Service dogs are great therapy for many people.”

Rhonda Langille of Therapeutic Medical Alert Service Dogs said the therapy dogs provide benefits in many ways.

 “God bless their souls. They share the love and give love where needed.”

Organizations: Therapeutic Medical Alert Service Dogs

Geographic location: Canada, Moncton

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  • Paula
    April 17, 2014 - 20:42

    Great job, Jazlyn! That's my gal Ali up there in that photo. We had an amazing day, and you covered it well :) Thank you!

  • Paula
    April 17, 2014 - 20:41

    Great job, Jazlyn! That's my gal Ali up there in that photo. We had an amazing day, and you covered it well :) Thank you!