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Puppies called in to help combat seasonal stress
BY HV NEWS WEEKEND STAFF • ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED 12/14/16
While warm and fuzzy, this season can also be a bit stressful for some, especially college students taking finals before they head home for the holidays. But, thanks to Jake and Ivy, a yellow lab and white golden retriever, the students at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh got some encouraging tail wags during their final exams last week.
“The dogs are comforting for the students during this stressful time of year,” explained Orin Strauchler, assistant dean of Student Support Services and director of counseling. “This event makes the students feel a little less tense and tired.”
Research has indicated that watching, petting, or talking to an animal can lower blood pressure and heart rate. Interacting with animals can also reduce mental distress and lower anxiety levels – for example, during final exam times for students.
The stress-busting pups were dressed in festive costumes, and came to the Mount via Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause.