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Final tests start on Monday, and the NDSU library is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. The staff had a little soft event to combat these rough exams.

Callie Manthe-NDSU Student: "A lot of stress, lack of sleep, and everything." NDSU students are in crunch mode. "I love dogs, and I've been under a lot of stress with projects and everything."

That's the reason these therapy dogs are lending a helping paw.

Callie Manthe-NDSU Student: "oh I think it's a great idea, I'm so happy they did this, I have two dogs at home, so I miss them a lot, so it's good to kinda get a taste of home too."

There's actually a science behind how one of these dogs can help you de-stress.

Amber Bach-Gorman- NDSU Counselor: "This is way more than petting a dog." Amber Bach-Gorman works at the NDSU counseling center, and she's been doing research. Bach-Gorman: "Students that are interested are probably dog lovers."

She says these cuddly friends can naturally detect stress. Bach-Gorman: "Dogs want to please, that's their natural desire, they want to please the people around, therapy dogs, and the dogs that are trained are specifically people oriented, and they just want to see a smile on your face."

The library throws many events, and a few people come, but the turnout isn't usually this large. Bach-Gorman: "Students attend events that dogs are at."

Callie Manthe-NDSU Student: "Projects last long hours, a lot of hours in the studio and everything."

Students are still going to deal with stress, but for a few hours today getting their hands on this guy was the only thing on their mind.

Amber Bach-Gorman says you don't have to be a student to benefit from this animal assisted therapy.

Research shows just petting a dog naturally relieves stress. You don't like dogs, it can be any animal. Bach-Gorman says some nursing homes have birds, and they provide many benefits.

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