K-9s help Purdue students deal with trauma

Canines help Purdue students deal with last Tuesdays shooting.
Canines help Purdue students deal with last Tuesdays shooting.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- Purdue University used canines to help students deal with the trauma from last Tuesday’s shooting.

Nearly 300 students stopped by for Purdue’s Day of Healing at the France A. Córdova Recreational Sports Center Friday.

The dogs were from the Indiana K-9 Assisted Crisis Team and were paired with psychologists to help people dealing with traumatic experiences.

Dr. Angelana Valente-Thompson said trauma can affect a person mentally and physically and that dogs can provide comfort and tranquility.

“The nervous system is kind of cranked up, because you’re in emergency mode – because an emergency just happened. The dogs help to calm people from being at this high level of arousal. Petting a dog is very soothing,” said Valente-Thompson.

Valente-Thompson said the dogs helped several students open up to counselors.

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