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Paws to De-Stress: Therapy Dog Program

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Renne Library, Library Commons

Stressed out? Come take a break to pet, play and de-stress with certified Therapy Dogs in the MSU Library Commons.  

Schedule of times:

April 23: 2-4pm
April 24: 6-8pm
April 25: 2-4pm
April 26: 10:30-12:30pm
April 29: 2-4pm
April 30: 6-8pm
May1: 10:30-12:30pm
May 2: 2-4pm



  • As finals week approaches on campus, stress levels rise especially among students. Research shows that using dogs in a therapy setting has multiple benefits including reduced blood pressure and decreased stress levels of participants.*
  • Therapy dog programs on college campuses around the nation have been met with overwhelmingly positive feedback, therefore we expect to gain positive PR and boost the image of the library.
  • MSU library is committed to promoting student success, and a therapy dog program will help us do just that.


  • MSU library is partnering with Intermountain Therapy Animals (ITA), and only certified therapy dogs and their handlers registered with ITA will participate.
  • Only well-trained dogs that demonstrate good temperament and reliable, predictable behavior are certified through ITA.
  • All ITA teams are covered by liability insurance.


  • A small area in the far North-West corner of the first floor library commons will be used.
  • This area is removed from all service points and collections allowing people to avoid interaction with the dogs if they wish.
  • Handlers will enter through the front doors, go directly to, and stay within the designated area.

What about allergies & fears?

  • The times and space that dogs are scheduled to be present will be publicized in advance so that people who wish to avoid dogs may do so.
  • Handlers will be present at all times.
  • Dogs will be kept on leashes, and stay within the designated area at all times.
  • Dogs and handlers will be clearly identified by wearing service vests at all times.
  • Only well-trained dogs that demonstrate good temperament and reliable, predictable behavior are certified through ITA; Only teams certified through ITA will be used; all ITA teams are covered by liability insurance.


Please direct questions, comments, and concerns to Jacqueline Frank at; 406.994.3139
For more information on Intermountain Therapy Animals please visit their website at

*Vormbrock JK, Grossberg JM (1988): Cardiovascular effects of human-pet dog interactions. J Behav Med, 11:5,509-17.

The cost of this event is: This event is free and open to the public.

For questions regarding this event, please contact:

Jacqueline Frank
(406) 994-3139

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