Therapy dogs ease stress for Fla. college students

Published: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9:21 a.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE — Some stressed-out South Florida college students are about to get a little relief from some four-legged friends.

Several dogs and their handlers will visit Nova Southeastern University graduate students Tuesday. Canine Assisted Therapy Inc. owners say research shows the stress hormone, cortisol, decreases when people interact with pets, while endorphins increase.

The university doesn't allow students living in the resident halls to have pets living with them, so campus officials say it's a good way for students to get animal interaction that they may be missing from home.

The organization also brings therapy dogs to visit nursing homes, hospices, assisted living facilities, hospitals and schools.

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