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As exam season opens at Laurier, students will have no shortage of furry friends to help ease their stress.
Two Laurier organizations will be bringing dogs to the Waterloo campus next week in an attempt to help curb the anxiety that can come along with exams.
On Tuesday, Dec. 3, the Aboriginal Students’ Association invites students to “get some puppy loving” from the pugs they will be bringing to the Aboriginal Student Centre at 187 Albert St. from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for their “Hug a Pug” event.
Meanwhile, the Keffer Chapel at the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (WLS) will also play host to a group of canine stress relievers. In an event sponsored by the Delton Glebe Centre, students can visit the Keffer Chapel between 10 a.m. and noon Dec. 3-6 to play with a dog and enjoy some complimentary cider.
Kristine Lund, assistant principal, associate professor, and director of Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy at the WLS, noted that research has shown that dogs can have many positive effects on a person’s physical and mental state.
“Empirical research has demonstrated that interaction with dogs is beneficial for reducing anxiety, blood pressure and increasing a greater sense of calm and well-being,” said Lund, who helped set up the event at the Keffer Chapel.
Both events are free of charge and open to all students.
On Nov. 27, the Wilfrid Laurier University Students’ Union brought ‘Chuck, the Therapy Dog’ for a visit to Laurier’s Brantford campus.