A HONG KONG university is setting up a therapy dog service for its students. A rescue dog, Jasper, is now at the library of the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Students can register their names, and play with and pet the dog for half an hour to relieve any pressure they feel from exams.
Jasper, an Old English Sheepdog, is from Hong Kong Dog Rescue and is nine years old. Students and faculty can make appointments with library staff and spend half an hour with Jasper within a set schedule. Having Jasper as a therapy dog is a pilot programme in HKU, and it aims to help with students’ stress levels and anxiety now that exam time has come.
Studies from all over the world have shown that animal therapy can help people relax and improve both their physical and mental state. Many higher education institutions have taken on therapy dogs to help their students relieve pressure.
(This article is published on Goodies on 13 December 2017)