Dog Helps Relieve Stress For College Students

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Stressed out college students at SUNY Canton were able to "paws" for relief from anxiety of final exams with the help of a volunteer therapy dog that brought smiles and comfort to those petting him.

A three year old golden lab named "Thor" was the star of the day as students flocked around the canine.

Canine therapy handler Jessica Prody brought in Thor.

"For students, it's really a stress relief.  I think for some of them, they have dogs at home they don't get to see so they get that," said Prody.

Studies have shown that petting dogs is a relaxing way to lower blood pleasure and relieve stress and anxiety.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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