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Therapy dogs help UWEC students relax during finals week

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Eau Claire (WQOW) — It’s finals week at UW-Eau Claire, and some students are taking much-needed breaks between tests with some four-legged friends.

Throughout this week, therapy dogs will be stationed in McIntyre Library for anyone to stop by and give them a pet.

Eric Jennings, head of user services at McIntyre, came up with the idea to have the calming pups on campus during finals week, after noticing how stressed out students could get while studying. He told News 18 he hopes it provides them with relief, along with some smiles.

“I would encourage anyone who needs to de-stress a little bit, to find whatever it is, whether it’s walking in the woods or petting an animal, all those things can lead you to be more productive,” Jennings said.

There will be different dogs in the library each day. You can find the times below:

  • Tuesday
    • 1 to 2 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday
    • 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m.
  •  Thursday
    • 5 to 7 p.m.
  • Friday
    • 12 to 2 p.m.

There are also several other campus activities throughout this week. You can find them listed here.