USF students can 'check out' therapy dogs

In this Jan. 14, 2013 photo, Junie, a "therapy dog" at Prospect High School, sits in a classroom at the school in Mt. Prospect, Ill. The 18-month-old golden retriever is one way this school is trying to help students cope with a rise in stress, anxiety and panic attacks. Many say these issues are a problem in schools across the country. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

December 9, 2013 12:10:12 PM PST
"Fido" is already helping make life easier for the physically-disabled and PTSD sufferers. Now, man's best friend may help local college students cramming for finals this holiday season.

Students at the University of San Francisco can "check out" a session with a certified therapy dog Monday and Tuesday. They are provided by the San Francisco SPCA.

Taking a study break helps relieve stress and some say taking a break with a dog is even better. It can decrease your heart rate and blood pressure and give you a general sense of well-being.