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____ Monday December 8, 2014 ____



Therapy dogs return to Laurier’s Waterloo campus to help ease exam stress

Waterloo - Exam time can be stressful. So why not take a study break and unwind with a furry friend? Two Laurier organizations will be bringing dogs to the Waterloo campus to give students an opportunity to de-stress in between studying and writing exams.

On Monday, Dec. 8, the Aboriginal Students’ Association invites all students to “get some puppy loving” at their “Hug a Pug” event, running from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Aboriginal Student Centre, located at 187 Albert St.

The Keffer Chapel at the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary (WLS), meanwhile, will play host to a “Puppy Therapy” event, offering the simple advice: “Exams can be stressful. Puppies can help.” Students can visit the chapel, located at the corner of Albert St. and Bricker Ave, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., Dec. 10-12 and Dec. 15-17 to de-stress with some canine companions.

Kristine Lund, assistant principal 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.

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