Furry friends help students de-stress at exam time
December 12, 2013

A furry therapy dog enjoys the attention of a smiling blonde girl with the library in the background.

Erin Rothwell enjoys the calming influence of Sookie, one of the therapy dogs in the library at the Barrie Campus. The Bernese Mountain Dog mix is four years old, and has been working with St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog team for two years.

Studies have shown that interactions with animals can help to reduce stress. A visit from some friendly, furry friends gave students the opportunity to de-stress at the Barrie Campus last week.

As students enter the final few weeks of the fall semester and gear up for exams, many of them experience feelings of homesickness and are overwhelmed by academic expectations and more.

Georgian’s First Year Experience/First Generation team partnered with the Orientation and Transition team to bring in St. John Ambulance therapy dogs.

The dogs and their handlers circulated around the campus to interact with students, using Room B115 as a home base. Students were encouraged to drop by, and they did!