The Love Dog animal therapy program returned to the College of Southern Nevada (CSN ), Henderson Campus this week and it was a huge success. There were several therapy dogs and handlers on board to share stories and experiences with the students and faculty. Everyone wanted to learn more about what the dogs do on their “real” assignments!
But they also wanted to speak with the handlers about what it takes to have such calm, confident, well-mannered, happy dogs. The dogs were in a very small area but they didn’t mind being so close to their colleagues at all. In fact, they loved it.
The event took place in the most beautiful library and so many students and faculty came to meet the Love Dogs and each and every one got a cuddle, snuggle and kiss. Perhaps it was the gentle tone of the event and the steadiness and loving demeanor of the animals, but everyone seemed to take a deep breath and just enjoy the moment. A wonderful break from studying and worrying.
The reason colleges bring in certified therapy dogs is to help students take a moment to relax and have a break from the stresses of studying. One student expressed it was the only moment in her day she was not anxious and felt ready to return to her studies with a clear mind. Another student said she so missed her own dogs and felt this break was a wonderful way to refresh before taking her exam.
The Love Dogs will be visiting all of the Las Vegas colleges and universities. For more information about the program, visit www.lovedogadventures.org.