ORONO, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Finals week is one of the most stressful times of the year for college students. Thanks to a student's suggestion, the University of Maine is taking a unique approach to helping students cope with the stress of writing papers and cramming for tests.
Folger Library has organized the appearance of the Renaissance Dogs from May 1 until May 8. The furry friends will have various office hours each day, where students can put down the books and enjoy their company.
Rebeccah Henderson, owner of Renaissance Dogs, says petting these specially trained dogs can have a lot of benefits. "It does calm people down. It can reduce heart rate, reduce anxiety, create a better sense of concentration, and as we've seen here today too a lot of these students are talking to each other while they're petting the dogs. So they're actually even creating a bond amongst themselves as well," said Henderson.
Gretchen Gfeller, public relations manager of Folger Library, said "It really is stressful for [students] right around finals, and anything that we can do as a campus. We're really here for the students, and that's what the university is all about."
Gfeller added that she hopes the Renaissance Dogs will be able to return again next year.