Therapy Dogs Soothe the Stress of Finals at UNT - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

Therapy Dogs Soothe the Stress of Finals at UNT



    Students took a break from studying for finals to relax with some dogs at UNT's Willis Library Monday. Volunteers say it actually seems to help stress levels. (Published Monday, Dec. 7, 2015)

    Hundreds of students at the University of North Texas took a break from the stress of finals week to play with some dogs in their library.

    On Monday, UNT their second annual “Paws and Relax” event at the Willis Library.

    Six trained therapy dogs from Paws Across Texas were brought in to simply spend some time with everyone, get petted, and give a little love to the stressed out students in the middle of their Fall finals week.

    Last spring, when the library first held the event, more than 500 students showed up to try it out, and volunteers say it seems to really bring results.

    "We didn't know it would make as much difference as it has,” said Virginia Hyatt, President of Paws Across Texas.

    Students have told the group the visit is not only stress relieving and relaxing, but also provides a little piece of home for many who have family dogs they haven’t seen in some time.

    That was the case for UNT freshman Camille Smith who said the visit got her excited to go home for the break and see her pug, but also served as a mental break in her day-long study session for her math final.

    "It came over here and came and loved me! That's what I needed,” said Smith.

    The group also brings the dogs to other college campuses across the Metroplex, as well as hospitals, nursing homes and other places the dogs can provide some comfort.

    UNT leaders hope to keep bringing the group back for finals week in semesters to come.

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