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9 September 2022

Therapy dogs are coming to the library!

We know that as the end of the trimester nears, things can get a bit stressful. Assessments and exam preparation tasks are piling up and sometimes you just need a break! 

That’s why we’re bringing therapy dogs to our Burwood and Warrnambool campuses on Tuesday 13 September! You’re invited to come along, have a cuddle and experience that sense of calm and positivity that a four-legged friend can bring. 

Burwood Campus 

Therapy dog Koby with two studentsDogs and their handlers from Delta Therapy Dogs will be visiting the Burwood library from 11.30am–1pm on Tuesday 13 September. 

Delta Society Australia is a national not-for-profit organisation with one core belief: that the human-animal bond remarkably improves our quality of life and leaves a lasting paw print on our hearts. They are a national leader in animal-assisted therapies and positive, reward-based approaches to companion animal training. 

So, come along and meet Maggie and Koby (pictured) – you’ll find them in the library foyer with their handlers! 

Warrnambool Campus 

Friendly pup Tucker and his handler Barbara will be at the Warrnambool library from 11am–1pm on Tuesday 13 September.  

Why therapy dogs? 

The human-animal bond can impact people and animals in so many positive ways. Research shows therapy dogs can reduce a person’s stress physiologically. This is because patting an animal can lower cortisol, a hormone implicated in stress, and increase oxytocin – otherwise known as the ‘love hormone’.

What about the Geelong campuses?

While we will not be hosting therapy dogs at the Waurn Ponds and Waterfront campuses next week, we are currently looking for a provider in the region. So stay tuned – we are hoping to introduce our Geelong-based students to some furry friends in the near future! 

If you have any other questions, get in touch with the Library. 

Originally published on Article, the Deakin Library blog.

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