ALBERTA

Edmonton Airport Therapy Dogs Aim To Calm Travellers

10/28/2014 12:41 EDT | Updated 10/28/2014 12:41 EDT

The Edmonton International Airport has brought in a band of furry friends to help calm frazzled fliers.

A group of pet therapy dogs visit the EIA several times a week to help calm anxious travellers before their flights.

It's the first time therapy dogs are being used in a Canadian airport, reports Global News.

“Travel really can be a stressful experience,” EIA’s director of communications, Heather Hamilton, told CBC News.

“I think the more ways we can inject a little fun and relaxation into it is definitely something our passengers appreciate."

According to CBC, the project is a joint venture between the EIA and the Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta. The Pet Therapy Society also serves local hospitals, schools and correctional facilities.

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Therapy Dogs At Edmonton Airport

The dogs' owners volunteer to come to the airport, and walk their dogs through the terminals and gates to visit with passengers.

Several U.S. airports offer animal therapy programs, including Los Angeles' PUP Program and San Francisco International Airport's Wag Brigade.

Dog therapy sessions have also proved popular on university and college campuses across the country, with many schools offering "puppy rooms" around exam time.

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