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When life gets ruff: Therapy dogs delight Mount students during mid-semester crunch

March 06, 2018
NEWBURGH, N.Y. -

Therapy dogs from Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause visit Mount Saint Mary College during midterms so students can take a break.

Therapy dogs from Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause visit Mount Saint Mary College during midterms so students can take a break.

 

With midterms lurking and major projects due, trained therapy dogs provided a break for Mount Saint Mary College students, faculty, and staff last week at the Kaplan Family Library and Learning Center.

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 midterms 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 animals came to the Mount via Hudson Valley Paws for a Cause. The popular event has become a tradition at Mount Saint Mary College.

“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.