Therapy Dogs Help Students De-Stress
Prince George, B.C. – It’s final exam time at UNBC and what better way to deal with the stresses of the season than with a little doggy therapy?
Prince George based company Pawsitive Horizons was on campus yesterday afternoon with their dogs Grimmus and Freddie for about an hour meet and greet to help students cope.
“Because the students are studying so hard, they’re stress levels can go up,” says co-owner Kirby MacInnes. “So, we were contacted by the student life coordinator there and were asked to come in and provide our services for all the students as they’re feeling stressed during this preparatory time for exams.”
She says the services include a chance to pet the dogs, show them a couple of tricks and basically have a chance to have some fun to get their minds off things.
What’s more, MacInnes says it works.
“It does. We know that being around animals can help do things like lower heart rate, lower anxiety, things of that nature,” she says. “It not only takes people into a different space but allows them to have a positive interaction which also gives them time to refocus their brains a bit.”
She says Pawsitive Horizons has several clients in town, from RCMP Victim Services, to BC Corrections and the Prince George School District.
However, the trip to UNBC this week was their first.
“We’re doing this voluntarily for the community. The community has been really good to us and we like taking opportunities to give back whenever we can. This is a great fun way to do it.”