At Northwest College Support, we have lots of dogs running around the office, including Bear, our certified therapy dog! Students enrolled in NWCS are also allowed to have pets provided they have demonstrated that they are responsible, and it is appropriate for the student. Here are 10 reasons that we think pets are great for our student’s mental health:

  1. increases opportunity for socialization

  2. provides comfort

  3. offers non-judgmental companionship

  4. produces opportunity for healthy exercise routines

  5. forms opportunities to express empathy

  6. creates examples of behavioral cues that can help build social skills intelligence

  7. can serve as examples of strong, healthy relationships

  8. offers opportunities to learn responsibility

  9. decreases loneliness

  10. can teach respect for living creatures