Stressbusters: Therapy dogs wag away anxiety during Mount’s end of semester crunch

December 07, 2016

Wagging 2016

Jake, a yellow lab, helps students de-stress at the Mount’s Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.


When you feel stressed, “who ya’ gonna call?” For the Mount Saint Mary College community, the answer is a team of stressbusting pups.

The end of the semester can be a demanding time for the Mount community, but trained therapy dogs provided a break for students, faculty and staff on December 7 at the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.

The animals, dressed in festive costumes, came to the Mount via Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause.

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 college students.

“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.”

The popular event has become a tradition at Mount Saint Mary College during finals week.

“Wagging Tails Stress Relief” was co-sponsored by the Mount Saint Mary College Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center and the college’s counseling center.


Wagging 2016