EMILY CARR STUDENTS CUDDLE 20 THERAPY DOGS FROM VANCOUVER ECOVILLAGE
Wednesday Nov. 23rd 12 Noon - 1:00 PM
Aboriginal Gathering Place 1399 Johnston St. GRANVILLE ISLAND
Past research has shown that interacting with an affectionate dog can reduce stress and anxiety, and improve mood. Based on these benefits, many universities have introduced doggy de-stress sessions to their campuses. These sessions offer students a chance to interact with dogs, volunteers and other students in a relaxing setting. Emily Carr University realizes just how important this is, and is now bringing the Vancouver ecoVillage dogs to campus!
Vancouver ecoVillage (VE) is a Non-Profit Society dedicated to providing therapeutic services for people with disabilities, illness and other challenges. VE has a rigorous therapy-dog training program, which requires several months of training and testing. The therapy dogs are re-tested annually to ensure they keep displaying temperament that shows confidence, good manners and sociability with other dogs and people. The dogs meet strict health requirements, are well-groomed and gentle at all times. They even do tricks to entertain and amuse. Most of all, these special dogs and their handlers have a therapeutic and calming influence on people in the community who have the pleasure of meeting them. VE therapy dogs have now become a common sight in universities across Vancouver.
Quille Kaddon, Program Manager, Vancouver ecoVillage,
Justine Gabias, Student Services Advisor, Emily Carr University, 604-355-8112,
Note: Canine Psychologist, Dr. Stanley Coren and 200 students will be available for interviews on site.
COME MEET OUR THERAPY DOGS - THEY GIVE LOVE!