UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA WELCOMES VANCOUVER ECOVILLAGE THERAPY DOGS TO CAMPUS!
At AMS Student Union, 6133 University Blvd. Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
Vancouver ecoVillage is partnering with the UBC Alma Mater Society (AMS), Dr. Stanley Coren (Professor Emeritus of Psychology and world-renowned expert on dog behavior and cognition), and Dr. Frances Chen (UBC Professor of Psychology), to study how therapy dog sessions affect student stress levels.
Beginning mid-September 2016, Vancouver ecoVillage will take their therapy dog teams onto UBC Vancouver campus every week to help students. All seven events held in the AMS Nest Lev Bukhman Lounge are open to EVERYONE. Check the schedule below for dates and times.
We Welcome You to Join Us!
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. The sessions take place just prior to final exams, when students are feeling stressed and overwhelmed. The UBC Vancouver campus has introduced a few of these events before. Now, UBC Vancouver is partnering with Vancouver ecoVillage to offer therapy dog visits to students.
Watch these VIDEOS of UBC students and interview with Dr. Stanley Coren (6th video):
Vancouver ecoVillage 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. UBC Vancouver is excited about welcoming these therapy dog teams and can't wait to meet them on campus!
Click to see what UBC says about the Vancouver ecoVillage therapy dogs:
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Our final Doggy Destress event on November 7will include a meditation session 3-3:30 pm. It will be given by 2 meditation teachers who will show you how to increase connectedness and share calm energy with a therapy dog and how to connect to the external world through the peacefulness that dogs inherently have with their surroundings. We are honored to present Tibetan monk Tenzin Yonten from the splendid Thrangu Monastery in Richmond
and Larry Li, director of Action Compassion, an integrative health service providing consultations for reducing anxiety, depression, and addictions. (Larry is generously offering free meditation sessions for low-income students.)
COME MEET OUR THERAPY DOGS - THEY GIVE LOVE!