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PLEASANTVILLE, NY — Look, look, Jane! See Spot run! See him calm people down!
Pets increasingly relieve stress and promote healing in nursing homes and other health facilities, and now they’re being offered to students at Pace University’s campus in Pleasantville, New York, to calm exam-time jitters.
On Tuesday, December 13 from 12 to 3PM, therapy dog teams from The Good Dog Foundation will be spending time in a conference room in the university’s Mortola Library. An on-line flyer also posted on campus says “Students are invited to drop by and de-stress for a bit with one of the dogs and to learn more about the great work these dog teams and The Good Dog Foundation accomplish! So stop by, pet a dog, and feel better!”
The dogs will come from The Good Dog Foundation, a 14-year-old nonprofit that proclaims “good dogs are good medicine” and says it is the largest animal-assisted therapy organization on the East coast of the United States. Its website says it is now working with over 1,100 volunteer therapy dog-owners and their pets in nearly 300 health care, social service, educational and community facilities in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. It employs eight trainers to meet the increasing demand for the extensive training sessions the therapy dog teams undergo before they are certified.
This use of pets is starting to grow. The Yale Law School library tried it last spring and published a paper on it; therapy dogs appeared recently at Tufts, Chapman, and the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh. Says Steve Feyl, Associate University Librarian, who is a cat owner, “we see so many students come in the library who are stressed out, particularly during exam times, that we saw this as a great opportunity.”
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