A lot of teens are either on their way, or already off to college, and for some of them, being away from home for the first time can be extremely stressful. Well, it turns out some colleges have found a way to ease the transition from home to dorm, and, well, it’s absolutely adorable.
Several schools are now bringing in therapy dogs to help students adjust to college life. For example, University of South Carolina just introduced a new pooch Indy, who’s still in training to be a therapy dog, but once that’s done, she’ll actually hold office hours at the school’s university Student Health Services. There will also be pet-a-puppy events to make students feel better.
Meanwhile, University of Southern California’s campus dog Professor Beauregard Tirebiter - a.k.a. “Beau” – has been around since 2016, and also holds office hours. The university says Beau was the first full-time college campus therapy dog,
Now we all know dogs are cute, but do they really help? Well, research says yes, noting that interacting with dogs can help a person feel a sense of calm or well-being. Plus, petting a dog can increase hormones that make people happy and decrease stress.