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Dog therapy helps students de-stress at University of Regina

A therapy dog program at the University of Regina is preparing to ramp up services for the upcoming exam season.

Therapy dog program preparing to increase service during final exams

When exam season gets underway, the dogs come to play with students at the University of Regina. 1:09

A therapy dog program at the University of Regina is preparing to ramp up services for the upcoming exam season. 

Right now the dogs — organized through St. John Ambulance — come to campus every Tuesday to help students de-stress with some puppy love. 

University students stop in to pet Kenzie the golden retriever as part of a weekly dog therapy program organized by St. John Ambulance. (Micki Cowan/CBC)

The program is funded by the Association of Saskatchewan Realtors. The association said they'll be increasing the number of weekly sessions during the exam season.

First-year music student Olivia Reid said she's a regular visitor of the dogs. 

"I feel refreshed and I just feel like I'm ready to take on the day and the week ahead, and I always look forward to it," she said.