"Numerous psychological studies have shown that our connection with animals, particularly dogs, is historical, neurobiological, social and emotional," said Marina Shafran, associate director of Bucknell's Counseling & Student Development Center. "Pets play a role in our cardiovascular health and help us cope with stress. Their mere presence helps us to interact with people and improve communities, and they might even enhance our immune function."
Therapy dogs have been visiting students at Bucknell for around a decade.
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