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Emory Law School brings therapy dogs for finals week
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ATLANTA -- In the hallowed library of Emory Law School, you can hear the sounds of finals week:

"Oohhhhh!"

"Sit! Sit!"

"Lap!"

The students making these noises are not delirious from studying for exams, but maybe they would be, if not for... therapy dogs.

Emory Law has teamed with Canine Assistants and Happy Tails to bring in Labradors and Golden Retrievers, who ply their craft in the Donald W. Fyr Rare Book Room.

Emory just started the program this year. The students get 20 minutes, and the dogs get pet and fed.

"Students who are under a great deal of stress from exams get relief by petting a dog, loving on a dog, and thinking of anything but exams for a few minutes," said Betty Haake of Canine Assistants.

Emory Law is not the first program to institute therapy dogs for its students. Among the schools that do it: Yale, Michigan, Mercy College, Albion College, Pittsburgh, and the University of Ottawa.

Now, Emory joins the pack.

"They have been signing up daily," said event coordinator Richelle Reid. "[We want to] try an approach where naturally their blood pressure would be reduced and anxiety would be reduced."

"Dogs are always happy to see you," said law student Erin Henschel, "no matter how you do on your Evidence exam."

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