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Dog therapy can help prevent college students from dropping out

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 Colleges that want to keep their students from dropping out may want to bring in the dogs.

A new study has found canine therapy helps ease homesickness in college freshmen and can also reduce their risk of dropping out.

Canadian researchers assigned a group of homesick students to take part in eight dog therapy sessions, where they interacted with the animals and their handlers.

After eight weeks, the freshmen said they felt better and were more satisfied with life than those who did not attend the sessions.

Students who experience prolonged homesickness are more likely to drop out of college.