DURHAM, N.C. -- The spring addition of PAWS for Exams was held in Scharf Hall on Monday, May 2, 2016 as Duke student-athletes took a study break on the first day of exams to pet and relax with four local therapy dogs: Beau, Shrimp, Izzie and Aspen. Junior Sophie Caplin of the Duke fencing team stated, “PAWS for Exams is a really great way to relax and de-stress before exams. All of the dogs are so sweet”.
Over 65 Duke student-athletes from the various varsity sports athletic teams attended PAWS for Exams during this stressful time. While Duke students are not allowed to have a pet on campus, this policy does not take away from the bond or connections student-athletes have with their pets at home. PAWS for Exams is one of the few times during the year they get to interact with pets in a carefree environment. Studies have shown that petting a friendly dog helps lower blood pressure, slows heart rate and releases tension in the muscles.
Senior Chloe DiPasquale of the Duke volleyball team stated, “PAWS for Exams is a great study break and it really brightened my day”.
PAWS for Exams began in 2012 and was created to give Duke student-athletes the opportunity to interact with registered therapy dogs in a relaxed environment in order to relieve the stress created by exams, final papers and final projects. PAWS for Exams was a great success and we are thankful to Elizabeth Carlton, Vera and Jim Shanley and Lisa Wells for their efforts in contributing to the welfare of Duke student-athletes.