NAIT’s ambassador of paws-itivity involved in project to see how stressed-out students are benefiting from therapy dogs
NAIT’s certified therapy dog – an Australian Labradoodle named Flynn – is part of an ongoing project to see how therapy dogs can help stressed-out post-secondary students.
The project is part of an Alberta Blue Cross-funded grant that’s examining the benefits of “mental health breaks” with therapy dogs like Flynn. NAIT Student Counselling says the visits are regularly scheduled and are held in a number of locations at the polytechnic to reduce stress and anxiety levels, while improving overall mental health on campus. Flynn is also available to students on a drop-in basis.
As part of this project, after students spend some one-on-one time with the three-year-old pooch, they fill out a survey to evaluate the impact of the visit.
Media are invited to meet Flynn and his owner, Linda Shaw, a registered nurse, who can talk about the study and explain how the canine helps students.
Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016
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