How cute is this! In order to make the studying process less stressful for students, Brampton Library therapy dogs are coming from January 20-23 to add some fluff to the rough. The initiative is being held for one week only and it sounds pawsitively great.

The idea is that students facing the burden of school stresses will be able to share a few moments with some cute and furry faces. 

From Monday, January 20 to Thursday, January 23, St. John Ambulance’s Therapy Dog Service will come to four Brampton Library branches to make students' days.

On Monday, the puppers will visit the Chinguacousy branch before heading to Cyril Clark on Tuesday, Gore Meadows on Wednesday, and finishing on Thursday at the Springdale branch.

On each day, the furry friends will be hanging out and dishing out TLC from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The "Furry Friends Study Break," as the initiative has been dubbed, is intended to reduce youth stress levels with midterm exams on the horizon.

The Brampton Library's website states this scheme is aimed at youth aged 13 and up.

St. John Ambulance explains that the benefits of interacting with therapy dogs reportedly include stress relief, greater social engagement, and improved confidence and self-esteem.

Perhaps it's no coincidence that the first day of the program, Monday, January 20, is widely known as "Blue Monday" and is considered the saddest day of the year.

Brampton Library is far from the first institution to recognize the part therapy dogs can play in stress relief.

Ottawa airport, for example, understands their importance and has added a few to roam around the airport and help relieve that travel stress we all know too well.

That came a few months after Toronto's Pearson Airport did a similar thing, partnering with St. John to bring in 15 therapy pups.

However, apparently even therapy dogs aren't meant for planes. One woman claims a Toronto flight kicked her off because her support dog was too big and loud. Air Transat, though, claims the pooch tried to bite a flight director.

It should be noted that therapy dogs, like other support pooches such as blind-aid pups, receive specialized training that general pet doggos do not.

The move to bring therapy dogs into Brampton Library is the latest in a series of moves aimed at improving mental health support for students.

Universities have also acknowledged the importance of offering the right support. The U of T, for example, has partnered up with CAMH to kick off 2020 with increased student services.

So, if you're gonna be knuckling down around Brampton next week, get yourself some puppy love to help you through.

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