Students hug puppies to feel better about exams

Two organizations at Wilfrid Laurier University are offering students the opportunity to play with dogs as a way to curb anxiety during exam week.
The Aboriginal Students' Association and the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary at Wilfrid Laurier University are both hosting events this week for students to calm their worries about exams by playing with dogs. (Matthew Kang/CBC)

As exams get underway at Wilfrid Laurier University and the University of Waterloo, Laurier's Aboriginal Students' Association invited students to meet on Tuesday evening to melt away their stress and worries with some furry, four-legged friends.

WLU psychology major Rachael Simon, 20, brought along her four-month-old Pug, Otis, for everyone to meet.

"No matter how stressed you are at school, you come home and these dogs love you no matter what," said Simon. 

UW psychology major Heather Burke, 21, came to the meet with two-year-old Nox, a Beagle Sharpei mix.

"Having a dog has matured me very quickly," said Burke.

"It's a lot of responsibility so I've definitely given up on the party lifestyle that's associated with being a student."

Laurie Minor, 46, works as an administrative assistant at WLU's Office of Aboriginal Affairs.

Her dog Sinder is a Boxer that's just over six months old. "Stress can be overwhelming, and simply having a dog around and laughing at the dog being really goofy and being able to pet it, dogs are a really good way to de-stress," said Minor.

Dogs for stress relief will also be on hand this week at the Keffer Chapel of the Waterloo Lutheran Seminary between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. until Dec. 6. 

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