Stressed students unwind with dog cuddles

Massey University Students' Association (Facebook)
Massey University Students' Association (Facebook)

With exam season approaching, students at Massey University have come up with new ways to beat the stress.

The Massey University Student Association has launched Stress Free Study Week, with activities including arts, crafts, bubble-wrap popping, and most importantly -- dogs. Lots of dogs.

Volunteer group Canine Friends Pet Therapy has bought in 17 trained therapy dogs for a pop-up dog petting station, and students loved it.

Stressed students unwind with dog cuddles

"I'm not really thinking about exams at all," said a group of students. "It reduces our stress levels and makes us feel like we can take a bit of a break."

The dogs were just as happy to get attention and make new friends.

Stressed students unwind with dog cuddles

"I think because people just love animals and love feeling the fur. Dogs make anything better." MUSA Exec member Samantha Dowse said. "It's something quite different from a normal day on campus, and it takes your mind off everything."

Stressed students unwind with dog cuddles

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