Therapy Dogs Visit Stressed College Students During Finals Week

There’s no getting around it – school can be tough. By the time that finals week rolls around, the stress can become almost unbearable. What better way to alleviate some of that stress than spending time with a tail-wagging, tongue-lolling dog?

This week, therapy dogs paid a visit to stressed out college students at the University of Maine.  According to the Bangor Daily News, several therapy dogs were taken to Fogler Library on Wednesday to offer their natural stress-reducing presence to young adults who were in the midst of  cramming for exams and working on final projects.

The mere presence of a dog is enough to lower blood pressure and encourage smiles – especially among students who are undoubtedly missing pets who are still back at home. Mackenzie Menard, a junior, told the Bangor Daily News, “I miss my dog at home so much. This is exactly what you need during a super stressful time.”

Therapy dogs visiting college campuses has become “a thing,” a good thing indeed. Last year, the same university welcomed therapy dogs to campus to hang out with students during finals week (both semesters) and across the nation, other colleges are following suit. Without question, it’s a nice trend to see.

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Penny Eims

Penny is a freelance writer who provided content to her National Dog News column at for 8 years. She is a current contributor to Fido Friendly Magazine, as well as a newly formed website, Pet Rescue Report. Penny is married and she has two rescued German shepherds and two kids.