The Skyline College Library partnered with Associated Students to host certified therapy dogs in the Quad on Friday, May 20. Over 300 students, faculty, and staff came out to interact with four Pet Assisted Therapy (PAT) teams from the Peninsula Humane Society (PHS/SPCA) which included two golden retrievers, a mastiff, and a newfoundland. It was clear that the dogs helped attendees relax, smile, and lifted spirits. With the resounding success of this activity, the Library plans to host therapy dogs for finals each semester.
Numerous research studies indicate that pet interaction has significant health benefits including the release of endorphins that have a calming effect and lowering anxiety. PHS/SPCA requires their therapy dogs to pass the Canine Good Citizen Test, a temperament evaluation which measures the animal’s instinctive behavior.
Article by Dr. Pearl Ly