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PADS pups help students ease stress

Last Updated Dec 5, 2017 at 1:22 pm MDT

PADS pup gives much-needed stress relief to students at Bow Valley College in Calgary. photo courtesy Bow Valley College

With final exams, assignments due and the holidays just around the corner, college and university students are dogged by stress!

But, what can help with that?

Yes, puppies!  Tuesday and Wednesday, Bow Valley College is bringing in some puppies to play.

Jay Decore, Executive Director of the Students’ Association of Bow Valley College says this will be the sixth time they’re teaming up with PADS, the Pacific Assistance Dog Society.

He says you can really see the difference it makes in the students.

“One of the changes we see in their demeanor that is so amazing is, these students will come in and they’re just wound up… And coming in and playing with these puppies, you can see by the end of even 20 minutes, they’re laying on the floor and laughing and having fun with these dogs and puppies,” says Decore.

Decore says it also helps the pups who are training in the PADS program to become guide dogs.

The Pacific Assistance Dog Society (PADS) is a registered charity that breeds, raises, trains and places life-changing assistance dogs for people with disabilities (other than blindness) and to support those client/dog teams for the working life of the assistance dog.

PADS services all of Western Canada and relies entirely on fundraising, grants, and donations to finance the care and training of its puppies and dogs.

PADS dogs are provided at no charge to their clients.