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Puppy room set up at Canadian university to calm stressed students

Dalhousie University's students union is opening a puppy room next week where students can spend time with dogs, including Roc, a loveable St. Bernard.
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A Canadian university has created a puppy room that allows stressed students to take a break to play with cute dogs. (Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

A Canadian university has created a puppy room to help stressed students calm their nerves.

Dalhousie University's students union is opening a puppy room next week where students can spend time with dogs, including Roc, a loveable St. Bernard.

"They can come in and sit down, they can pat the dogs, talk to the dogs," said St. Bernard owner Mark Grant, reported CBC News.

"That's our hope – that the dogs will bring as much comfort to the individuals that we're going to meet as the individuals will bring to the dogs."

The puppy room idea came from Montreal's McGill University, which has a similar dog therapy program.

According to CTV News the animals are being provided byTherapeutic Paws Canada, usually brings them to nursing homes, hospitals, and schools.

Dalhousie is bringing several kinds of dogs on to campus, including a Labradoodle, a Sheltie, a Papillon and a Golden Retriever.

"It's a great idea," said Dalhousie student Michael Kean, who proposed the puppy room idea, said CBC.

"There's no downfall about therapy dogs. Students, we're stressed out, don't know what to do, and they're fluffy. It comes down to that."

Some students apparently waited an hour to visit the dogs at another Canadian university last week, said the National Post.

There is no word whether the dogs will officially go on tour soon.

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