Therapy dog helps students relieve stress during finals week

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STEVENS POINT, Wis. (WSAW) -- Students and staff at UW-Stevens Point are able to relieve some stress and anxiety thanks to a new therapy dog on campus.

Tucker is a 7-month-old Australian Lab and right now he is a therapy dog in training. That's because dogs can't be certified therapy dogs until they are at least a year old.

It's a nice stress relief for students during finals week to be able to pet and play with a dog.

"It's really nice because because I get a chance to talk to people that I normally don't talk to. Bridging that gap between the community and students and law enforcement. It gives me the opportunity to talk to them so in future if they see something or something bad happens that they see and call us," explained Police Sergeant Trina James, UW-Stevens Point Police and Security Services.

Tucker will be on campus on and off throughout the school year and the summer.