UD students can de-stress from exams this week with the help of therapy dogs on campus.

UD students can play with puppies, bunnies to take edge off exam week

The University of Dayton is encouraging students to take a break from studying for exams by playing with dogs.

The Miami Valley Pet Therapy Association will be at UD’s Roesch Library this week with two dogs for students to play with. One dog, named Willow, will be in the library from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. today and a dog named Bailey will be there from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

For students who aren’t dog lovers, there will also be a “therapy bunny” named Rocky at UD’s library from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the school.

De-stressing with dogs and other animals has become something of a common practice in recent years at universities. Wright State University, Ohio State University and Ohio University have all offered similar exam week benefits to stressed out students.

The therapy dogs and bunny are part of a larger offering of activities at UD this week, which include free food, coffee, video games and massages at the library, according to the school.

The university’s recreation center will also be open 24 hours a day through Thursday and free cab rides will be offered to students from the student union and library to their residences from midnight to 6 a.m. through Wednesday, according to UD.