Students Can Now De-Stress at Brilliant MIT Puppy Lab
With May being National Mental Health Awareness Month, the MIT Puppy Lab program is right on schedule to relieve high levels of student stress.
Because you’re studying at one of the top-rated colleges in North America, there are no guarantees. With uncertain futures and looming exam dates, graduate student Stephanie Ku founded the MIT Puppy Lab, hoping to lower students’ stress levels using a group of certified MIT therapy dogs.
The lab is being funded by the MIT’s MindHandHeart Initiative, which aims to promote mental health and well-being. According to Sarah Goodman, spokesperson for the initiative, bringing dogs into the campus will get students to talk to one another and smile together while playing with these friendly pooches.
“By interacting with dogs, they are building relationships, and it creates a sense of community,” says Goodman.
The dogs’ certification took place through the Dog B.O.N.E.S. organization. So far, eight dog and handler teams have been approved, 10 are in training, and plenty more are on the waiting list.
“So many owners are excited to share their furry best friends with others, and students cannot wait to meet them,” Ku said on the MIT News website.
Some of the dogs that will be participating in the Lab have appropriate names as well. According to the lab’s Tumblr page, there is a Golden Retriever named Pythagoras, a Boston Terrier named Beatrix Potter and an Australian Shepherd dubbed Wingnut.
We can’t wait to see the stress just melt away from these students’ expressions once they sink their hands into Pythagoras’ soft fur and receive kisses from many of the other therapy dogs!
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