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Health & Fit Time with furry friends in therapy dog sessions can help reduce stress for students

20:02  13 march  2018
20:02  13 march  2018 Source:   afprelaxnews.com

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The researchers found that students who spent time at a therapy dog session reported significant reductions in their level of stress as well as increased happiness and energy immediately after spending time with the dogs

Dogs in particular can reduce stress , anxiety, and depression, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and playfulness, and even improve your How can dogs help you cope with depression, anxiety, and stress ? Caring for a furry friend can also offer another benefit to a child: immense joy.

a close up of a man with a dog: Stressed out students could benefit from spending time with dogs according to new research. © Provided by AFPRelaxNews Stressed out students could benefit from spending time with dogs according to new research. New Canadian research has found that therapy dog sessions on university campuses could help reduce stress and boost students' well-being.

Carried out by researchers from the University of British Columbia, the study looked at 246 students who attended a drop-in therapy dog session at their university campus, where they were free to pet and cuddle seven to 12 dogs during the sessions.

The students were asked to fill out questionnaires immediately before and after the session, and again about 10 hours later.

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In the wake of the schools shootings in Florida, therapy dogs have been used as a way to provide comfort and support for students returning to school. Research has shown therapy dogs can reduce stress and provide a sense of connection in difficult situations.

The researchers found that students who spent time at a therapy dog session reported significant reductions in their level of stress as well as increased happiness and energy immediately after spending time with the dogs, compared to a control group who did not spend time at a therapy dog session. 

Although previous research has suggested that female students could benefit from therapy dog sessions more than male students, the researchers found in the new study that both genders benefitted equally from spending time with 'man's best friend.'

The results did show that some of these positive feelings were short-lived, with the team finding that happiness and life satisfaction did not appear to last, however the stress-busting effects did.

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Dogs are popular visitors in hospitals and senior centers, but now another group is reaping the benefits of some snuggle time with a furry friend — college Universities in the U.S. and Canada have started bringing in therapy dogs to help their students cope with the intense stresses of college life.

“ Therapy dog sessions are becoming more popular on university campuses, but there has been surprisingly little research on how much attending a single drop- in therapy dog session actually helps students ,” Emma Ward-Griffin, the study’s Can’t get enough of cats, dogs and other furry friends ?

"The results were remarkable," said study co-author Stanley Coren, "We found that, even 10 hours later, students still reported slightly less negative emotion, feeling more supported, and feeling less stressed, compared to students who did not take part in the therapy dog session."

The team notes that since the strong positive effects of the therapy dog session don't last long, universities should be encouraged to offer them at periods of increased stress to help students cope in such times.

"These sessions clearly provide benefits for students in the short-term, so we think universities should try to schedule them during particularly stressful times, such as around exam periods," said Frances Chen, the study's senior author, "Even having therapy dogs around while students are working on their out-of-class assignments could be helpful."

Previous research has also shown that dogs can also offer support to young children and help reduce their levels of stress and anxiety.

New Study Confirms Therapy Dogs Reduce Stress for College Students

  New Study Confirms Therapy Dogs Reduce Stress for College Students Animal lovers have long suspected that a little canine quality time was good for the soul, and now science has confirmed it – for students in particular.&nbsp;The results of a new study done by researchers at the University of British Columbia concluded that the college students who spent time at drop-in dog therapy sessions experienced a boost in feelings of wellness and a reduction in overall stress. The study, as reported by Science Daily, indicates that playing with pups is not only popular with the students, it’s also beneficial to their health. This finding was seen across gender.

Do therapy dogs help reduce feelings of loneliness and stress in college students ? Read the results of a study by three universities.

Time spent with therapy dogs helped improve student stress levels, a study reports. Visits with therapy dogs help students manage stress , improve well being, study shows. By Michael Dolan. Don't Miss This.

The findings can be found published online in the journal Stress and Health.

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