Puppy Therapy

Monday morning moods- we all get them. However, on the 26th of October a huge number of Royal Holloway students had a sudden burst of energy, converting their Monday morning traipsing to lectures, into a brisk power walk heading in the direction of the SU. In the name of what? Puppy therapy sessions!

There were four pooches present: two Labradors, a Cocker Spaniel and a Bearded Collie; who were all moved from Rialto to the SU hall due to popular demand. It was quite comforting to be able to cuddle and just generally be in the presence of dogs. I stayed with Barney (black Labrador) the longest as he reminded me of my dog, it really brought a ‘home’ status to Royal Holloway. He rolled over to have his tummy scratched and gently put his paw in my hand.Dogs don’t ask formed questions or judge:

“They never talk about themselves but listen to you while you talk about yourself, and keep up an appearance of being interested in the conversation” – Jerome K. Jerome

I had a lecture followed by a seminar that day, and as a first year I still find them hugely daunting. My lecture was fast approaching, but Barney had already brightened my day and many others’. Somehow entering the lecture room later felt much more natural and dare I say, I think I was relaxed! According to studies dogs can lower anxiety levels, ease the effects of depression, and reduce the release of the stress hormone cortisol, therefore it isn’t a wonder I felt a lot more enthusiastic about attending such a usually overwhelming lecture.
Cocker Spaniel
Loving and trustworthy the Cocker Spaniel can give that much needed confidence boost. With such a little physique but heaps of love, this little spaniel is definitely an aspiration to have faith in your capabilities, socially and academically.

Bearded Collie
Lively, perky and playful, the Bearded Collie will give any student that motivational boost to start an essay. With such a burst of energy and love for life, 10 minutes with this lovely dog may inspire you to get involved in societies and live life to the full at RHUL.

Labrador Retriever
Warm and loyal the Labrador soothes a worried disposition. They are truly big teddy bears built to wrap your arms around. Embracing the hugs, students can take a moment to breathe, and rationalise university and general life worries.