Students Take Relaxing Paws

Visit From Therapy Dogs Helps Stern College Students Unwind

With midterms around the corner, Stern College for Women students got an adorable reminder to relax and unwind this week during a visit from some furry friends: a Shih Tzu, a German Shepherd and two toy poodles.

The cuddly canines were therapy dogs, trained to provide comfort and affection that can bring calm and peace of mind to those who interact with them, according to Sarah Robinson, co-president of the YU Active Minds Club, which organized the event together with the YU Counseling Center. “Dog therapy is an accessible and exciting form of therapy,” she said. “Everyone should learn in college to build skills for the rest of their lives for positive mental health.”

“We wanted to give the students a unique opportunity to relieve stress and have a fun experience doing something really different,” said Dr. Brielle Stark-Adler, a psychologist and outreach coordinator at the Counseling Center. “Therapy animals help people with all different kinds of problems. Students have a good time with the trained and loving animals.”

Aliza Katzin, a senior from Chicago, Illinois, definitely agreed. “Who doesn’t love puppies?” she said.