Puppy Hugs During Finals Are Just What The Students Ordered

Students at a U.K. university will host a “puppy room” to ease their stress.

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Students at one U.K. school will get to de-stress with some puppies. gabczi/iStock/Thinkstock
Students at one U.K. school will get to de-stress with some puppies. gabczi/iStock/Thinkstock

Over the next few weeks, students around the globe will have their nose in books and their nerves at an all-time high. But, the college kids at one university in the United Kingdom have found a fun way to keep calm during finals week.

The University of Central Lancashire will host a “puppy room” on May 7 where stressed students can cuddle with cute pooches, according to the Facebook event page. The project is part of the student union’s SOS (Stressed Out Students) campaign and is being held in partnership with the U.K.’s Guide Dogs charity organization, which will be providing the puppies.

Puppies! Saksoni/iStock/Thinkstock

Puppies! Saksoni/iStock/Thinkstock

During the event, participants will have 10 to 15 minutes each to hang out with the puppies and their handlers. The student union points to a Japanese study that found being exposed to cute things, like puppies, can help people concentrate better. Not surprisingly, the interest in the event is so overwhelming, the puppy room is already completely booked.

The student union emphasizes that no puppies will be hurt during this campaign; the dogs “will have regular breaks throughout the three hours and be with their handlers at all times,” and a separate “chill out” room will be set up for any dogs who become overwhelmed.

Are puppies the key to concentration? Mustang_79/iStock/Thinkstock

Are puppies the key to concentration? Mustang_79/iStock/Thinkstock

Puppy cuddlers are asked to donate about $2, which will go to Guide Dogs. And in turn, the puppies get some paws-on training on how to interact with people.

So what about other stressful situations — like the workplace? Hmm… a Bring Your Puppy to Work Day? Sounds good to us!

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