EMU Information / EMU Resources / April 8, 2015

WELLNESS WOOF WEDNESDAY

WELLNESS WOOF WEDNESDAY: The EMU Wellness Center has partnered with Therapaws of Michigan to make interaction with therapy dogs a regular occurrence at EMU. Research indicates that interaction with therapy dogs can temporarily affect the release of various neurotransmitters in the brain; levels of oxytocin (linked with bonding) and dopamine (involved in the reward-motivation system) are increased, while cortisol levels (an immunosuppressant associated with stress) are decreased.

Therapy dogs will be on campusĀ today, Apr. 8 from 4 – 7 p.m. in room 103 in Snow Health Center to provide social, emotional and physical benefits for student, faculty and staff.

In the spirit of this mission, individual owner-dog teams visit residents and patients in health care facilities and in schools and libraries, providing social, emotional, and physical benefits. A strict screening protocol assures the selection of well- mannered dogs of sound temperament and good health.

Therapy Dogs Incorporated , a national organization that all Therapaws members must belong to, provides registration, support, and insurance for therapy dogs that are tested and screened according to its guidelines and standards.

Therapaws, a canine-assisted therapy program dedicated to promoting and fostering the human-animal bond in therapeutic and educational settings.

For more information or questions, please contact the Wellness Center at 487-2226.


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