The University of Minnesota Morris Campus Police Department is getting a new therapy dog. “Archie” will help officers respond to student and community mental health needs. Seeing a rise in mental health issues among its student body, the U of M Morris sought for creative ways to improve student wellbeing. The therapy dog program is considered the first of its kind at a Minnesota college. The Morris Area Schools have had a therapy dog for a number of years.
Interaction with a therapy dog has been shown to reduce blood pressure, lower stress, and stimulate memory. Archie begins training later this spring. When certified, he will be part of the Morris Let’s Thrive program. The therapy dog program was made possible through private donations.