Being a student is perhaps one of the most stressful periods of our lives. Especially during exam times, when everything seems to pile up and we barely have time to breathe, it seems that nothing can help us keep stress levels down. The University of Central Lancashire in the UK decided to come up with an innovative idea in order to help students relax. The result was a puppy room: a place where they can play with puppies and unwind.
The puppy room is part of the University of Lancashire student union’s SOS (Stressed Out Students) campaign. It will become available starting with the 7th of May. The whole project was put into motion with the help of Guide Dogs charity. In order to be able to access the puppies, students will have to make a donation of £1 and book a time. All puppies will be accompanied by their handlers. The animals will also have a chill room for the moments when things become overbearing for them.
The puppies will be trained as guard-dogs. As such, the event helps both them and the students.“These opportunities give the puppies a chance to get used to being around people, which is great for their development and training to be a successful guide dog,” explained the student union.
This idea was inspired by a Japanese study. The Japanese researchers proved that people are able to perform better on tests if they spend time with puppies or kittens before the exam period. They collected their findings in a journal suggestively named “The Power of Kawaii,” kawaii meaning cute in Japanese. The paper showed that performance scores were improved by 44% when playing with kittens or puppies before tests. However, adult cats and dogs did not have such a positive effect.
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