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Pre-finals stress relief: hanging with the hounds

It’s a USC tradition: Puppies visit campus just before the start of finals to help alleviate stress

Students play with puppies
Playful puppies provide a stress reliever for students Monday as final exams approach. (USC Photos/Gus Ruelas)
Students playing with puppies

Monday’s study break outside Leavey Library provided playtime for pups and students. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

They’re the ultimate study aids: playful puppies who come to campus to help relieve the stress of looming finals.

In what has become a USC tradition, pups and therapy dogs visit the University Park Campus in the days before finals. With exams starting Wednesday, several pups brought their stress-relieving skills to Leavey Library on Monday. (They stayed outside: The pups are surely not housebroken.)

Students were encouraged to put their worries aside for a few minutes and play with the pups. The dogs — each about 3- to 6-months-old — are from a kennel in Torrance and put on quite a show during their Monday visit.

Tuesday’s study break outside Leavey, from noon to 5 p.m., will feature therapy dogs.

The study breaks are sponsored by the Engemann Student Health Center, USC Libraries, and the undergraduate and graduate student governments.

Pup nibbling on a snack

Snack time for one of the volunteers who came to campus on Monday. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

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