Therapy Dogs Help MSU Students Relax

The stress of exams week can take a toll on students, especially when flu season is in full swing.
MSU is offering a remedy though in the form of furry friends, and it turns out dogs might be the key to acing finals. Click through the gallery to see photos of some very special therapy dogs.
  • With a packed library filled with energy drinks and nervous energy, students try to cram for exams.

  • Students are studying around the clock, staying at the library until the wee hours of the morning.

  • "It's extremely overwhelming," MSU junior Mac Dodds said. "I don't think that people really realize how stressed every single kid here is."

  • But Wednesday morning it was all smiles, thanks to Librarian Holly Flynn coordinating a brand new therapy dogs program at the library.

  • Seven certified dogs that usually make the rounds at hospitals and nursing homes spent the day lending their paws to help students take a pause.

  • Taking a study break with the dogs is about more than just cuddling. MSU experts say that the four-legged therapists can actually help students get through exams and stay healthy.

  • "We know that dogs can be really calming," MSU Counseling Center Psychologist Dr. John Lee said. "So when you're stressed out, and you sit down with a dog, we know that your heart beat actually goes down."

  • The university also handed out care packs to fight the flu, so students can make it through this home stretch healthy and revitalized.

  • The library hopes to have the therapy dogs for all future exam weeks.

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