American college campuses are increasingly recognising the stress relieving benefits of dog therapy and utilising the therapy for their students:
‘Research shows that interaction with pets decreases the level of cortisol – or stress hormone – in people and increases endorphins, known as the happiness hormone. Scant research exists on how pet programs on college campuses help students cope with stress.’
What great idea! I only hope this practice spreads to other work places. What interested me even more is the following comment:
‘Last month, Indiana University students romped around with dogs in the first ever “Rent-a-Puppy” day. For $5, students could book time with one of 20 puppies from the local animal shelter – and could adopt them if they couldn’t bear to say goodbye.’
With the urban living making owning a dog difficult for many could this be the solution for our need to experience real animal interaction? I vote Yes!