What do art, fashion, design, media, animation and culinary students have in common? They all attend the Art Institute of Las Vegas and spent time with the Love Dogs today.
The Art Institute of Las Vegas is one of The Art Institutes, a system of more than 50 educational institutions located across North America. It is comprised of more than 76 faculty members, many of who are working professionals in their respective fields. By tapping industry professionals, The Art Institute is able to bring a real-world perspective into the classroom, preparing students for entry-level positions upon graduation.
So why were dogs brought in to meet with the students? To give them a pre-exam break, to take their mind off studying and school work and to enjoy a few hours learning about the therapy dogs and just having some cuddle time.
Several Love Dog / Pet Partner therapy teams gathered in the student lounge and immediately attracted a crowd. Word spread quickly that “the dogs are here” and students from all the school’s disciplines came by.
Faculty came together with students to admire the dogs, pet the dogs, chat with the dog’s owners and just have a calming break in their hectic schedules.
We had large dogs and small dogs. We had breeds familiar to the students and one or two new to them. We had owners with art backgrounds and others with very diverse backgrounds.
Everyone loved showing us the photos of their own dogs and discussing how animals enhance your life.
The Love Dogs are becoming well known for these types of visits and people are always struck by how calm the dogs are and how well they get alone. “Why aren’t they playing and jumping or barking,” I was asked. “That’s what I thought would happen so I didn’t really want to come by,” said one student.
But Pet Partner therapy dogs know when their vests are on, they are working and remained peaceful and loving and quiet throughout the visit.
Word has spread about bringing in the Love Dogs to help the students de-stress and we have several invitations to other educational institutions coming up.
Thank you to all our human and canine volunteers for a very successful day!