Puppy Room: Helping stressed students to socialise guide dogs

Puppy Room: Helping stressed students to socialise guide dogs

At Mars Petcare, we know that pets make our lives better. Not only do they help increase physical exercise, but they offer a sense of comfort, relieve stress and even improve productivity. That’s why we encourage our associates to bring their dogs into the office every day.

We also know that stress is an inevitable part of university life. Luckily, we’ve got a solution.

Nancy Gee, Research Manager for Human-Animal Interaction at WALTHAM says, “Research shows that interacting with an animal can reduce stress. We suspect that this may also be true for university students undergoing exams, so to find out we are conducting a large scale study to investigate the scientific merits of this type of interaction.”

Meanwhile, we wanted to share the power of pets with the students at Durham University to help them stress less and work smarter this exam period.

We are proud that through Royal Canin™, the global pioneers in pet tailored health nutrition, we are feeding a generation of guide dogs. We asked them to partner with us to bring some four-legged fun to revising students.

The Guide Dogs team from Newcastle brought along both puppies in training and retired guide dogs for the event. Organised by our graduates, the event sold out in under 48 hours and all of the money raised went to the charity.

Pippa Turner, from Guide Dogs, was thrilled with the ‘Puppy Room’: ‘This was a fantastic opportunity to help our new puppies get used to being around unfamiliar people which is an important part of their training. The dogs had a brilliant few hours of well-deserved attention, with carefully planned breaks to ensure the excitement didn’t get too much for them! Our puppies and volunteers left feeling ready to face the world and all of the students we interacted with looked considerably more relaxed! ’

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