Therapy Dog Visit at Oberlin College's Wilder Bowl Brings Joy to Students

May 9, 2023 4:30 PM

Campus Safety

On a bright and sunny day, Oberlin College's Wilder Bowl was host to over 200 students eagerly awaiting an audience with three very special guests: Therapy Dogs. The visit, organized by supervisors David Bender and Charly Yaniga, brought joy and comfort to the students who took a break from their studies to spend time with their furry friends.

Therapy dogs have become increasingly popular on college campuses as a way to provide stress relief for students. These dogs are trained to provide comfort and emotional support to people in need, and their presence has been shown to decrease stress and anxiety levels in individuals. For students who are facing academic and personal pressures, the therapy dogs can provide a much-needed break from their worries.

The visit at Oberlin College was a great success, with the dogs bringing smiles to everyone's faces. The therapy dogs were a hit with the students, who were able to pet, hug, and play with them. The dogs were also a great conversation starter, allowing students to connect with each other and share their own experiences.

David Bender, one of the supervisors who brought the dogs, explained the benefits of therapy dog visits: "Our dogs are trained to provide comfort and support to people in need. They are non-judgmental and are always happy to see people. Their presence can help reduce stress and anxiety levels and promote well-being."

Campus Safety Supervisor, Charly Yaniga, added: "We were thrilled to see so many students come out and spend time with our dogs. It was great to see the smiles on their faces and to hear the positive feedback from the students."

The therapy dog visit at Oberlin College's Wilder Bowl was a reminder of the positive impact that animals can have on our well-being. The event was a success in bringing joy to the students and providing a much-needed break from their studies. As colleges continue to prioritize mental health and wellness, therapy dog visits are likely to become even more common, providing comfort and support to students in need.