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School employs dogs to ease finals stress

May 5, 2009 at 4:17 PM

MADISON, Wis., May 5 (UPI) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison campus said dogs are being brought to the school to help ease the stress of students preparing for final exams.

The school said "counseling canines" will be on hand from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday on the Library Mall under the supervision of University Health Services staff, The Capital Times of Madison reported Tuesday.

In addition to playing with the dogs, students will also be invited to talk to counselors from the UHS Counseling and Consultation Services for advice on good study practices, officials said.

"Taking brief study breaks, even five minutes an hour, can reduce stress and help you recall information," said Rob Sepich, UHS student relations manager.

"Some of the most successful students I know have made sleep their top priority," Sepich said. "Forget the all-nighter and you'll probably reap the benefits of sleep on your exams."

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