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Therapy Dogs to Lower Stress During Finals, Drexel University Gives It a Try

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    Niki Gianakaris
    Kevin Montgomery, center, organized Puppy Pawlooza.

    Finals at Drexel just got a lot less stressful.

    Certified therapy dogs stepped in Wednesday, giving students time to relax with the four-legged friends.

    Research shows that interaction with pets decreases the level of cortisol, the stress hormone, and increases endorphins, happy hormones, said the university in a new release.

    Drexel's department of psychology monitored student stress levels in an effort to track the effectiveness of the “Puppy Pawlooza.” To monitor stress levels, all students took a stress survey before and after playing with the pups.

    Although the therapy dogs visited Drexel just for the day, Drexel’s recreation center hosts an on-site therapy dog year-round.