Our PET EVENTS focusing on Mental Health Wellness have proven that interacting with affectionate dogs can reduce stress and anxiety, improve mood, lower blood pressure and even decrease the perception of pain. Based on these benefits, many universities and companies have introduced Doggy De-stress sessions on location. These petting sessions also offer students and staff who are feeling stressed and overwhelmed, the opportunity to increase socialization through interaction with dogs, volunteers, and others in a relaxing setting.
Watch these VIDEOS with students from UBC, BCIT, Emily Carr and Kwantlen universities to see how our therapy dogs give love and provide motivation:
Canine psychologist Dr. Stanley Coren, author of numerous books and over 500 scientific publications on dog psychology, encourages others to participate in our petting events - see Canadian Kennel Club (CKC) article. Also, read about the research the impact therapy dogs are making at the University of British Columbia.