Paws to De-Stress - Educational Handout
- As finals week approaches on campus, stress levels rise especially among students. Research shows that using dogs in a therapy setting has multiple benefits including reduced blood pressure and decreased stress levels of participants [i].
- Therapy dog programs on college campuses around the nation have been met with overwhelmingly positive feedback, therefore we expect to gain positive PR and boost the image of the library.
- MSU library is committed to promoting student success, and a therapy dog program will help us do just that.
- MSU library is partnering with Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA), and only certified therapy dogs and their handlers registered with ITA will participate.
- Only well-trained dogs that demonstrate good temperament and reliable, predictable behavior are certified through ITA.
- All ITA teams are covered by liability insurance.
- As of Spring 2020 Paws to De-Stress has moved online! Check out our webpage and social media to find out where you can view it.
- When able to have this event in person:
- A small area in the far North-West corner of the first floor library commons will be used.
- This area is removed from all service points and collections allowing people to avoid interaction with the dogs if they wish.
- Handlers will enter through the front doors, go directly to, and stay within the designated area.
- The last two weeks of classes commonly referred to as Dead Week and Finals Week.
What about allergies & fears?
- The times and space that dogs are scheduled to be present will be publicized in advance so that people who wish to avoid dogs may do so.
- Handlers will be present at all times.
- Dogs will be kept on leashes, and stay within the designated area at all times.
- Dogs and handlers will be clearly identified by wearing service vests at all times.
- Only well-trained dogs that demonstrate good temperament and reliable, predictable behavior are certified through ITA; Only teams certified through ITA will be used; all ITA teams are covered by liability insurance.
Please direct questions, comments, and concerns to Lissa Fields firstname.lastname@example.org; 406.994.3119
For more information on Intermountain Therapy Animals please visit their website at www.therapyanimals.org