Four-legged friends bring stress relief to Acadia students

Wendy Elliott
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Four Acadia business profs have been bringing their dogs in to help students relieve exam stress. - Wendy Elliott

As university students study for exams, four business professors at Acadia University have begun bringing their dogs to the office to help students fight stress.

The four furry friends - Pickles, Sigi, Riley and Ceilidh - proved a positive presence for McKenzie McConnell of Woodstock, N.B.

She misses her pet Corgi, Norman, this time of year and enjoyed patting Pickles while Cindy Trudel offered her some tutoring.

Trudel says she and another professor, Kelly Dye, are hoping to conduct a study into dogs in the classroom.

“There’s already work done on the benefits of dogs in the workplace,” she said.

Studies have shown that interacting with pets when stressed can reduce tension and lower blood pressure and breathing rates.

Organizations: Acadia University

Geographic location: Acadia, Woodstock

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