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Swansea SU sets up 'Cuddle A Dog' sessions to help stressed out students

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Swansea SU are tackling students’ exam stress in the best way possible, with super cute dog cuddling sessions.

The ‘Cuddle A Dog’ event has been organised by  Swansea University's Students' Union (SUSU) with cuddling sessions beginning last week and continuing into next.

The perfect pooches have been brought in from Greyhound Rescue Wales. Alain Thomas from the group told Wales Online: "It has been shown that interaction with animals can decrease stress in humans and it’s great that Swansea Students' Union has recognised the value of this kind of human-animal interaction.

"The Study Aid events are a joy to take part in because everyone involved has such a great time."

Greyhound dogs

SUSU are holding other relaxing events including movie nights and bingo but it is the ‘Cuddle A Dog’ sessions which have melted people's hearts and are the most oversubscribed of all the SU's Study Aid sessions.

Swansea isn’t the only university where dogs are being used for their pawsitive effect on student wellbeing. Last month the University of East Anglia (UEA) announced they were setting up dog walking sessions for students to help tackle mental health issues. It comes after research by UEA’s Professor Andy Jones found the benefits of dog walking to be significant, he said “Our studies have shown that dog walking helps people to maintain their physical activity levels. In addition it is known that there are a wide range of social and mental health benefits”.




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