Toronto Pearson Airport to Deploy Therapy Dogs to Relieve Passenger Stress

By Anna Breuer on 20 February 2019
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Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto Pearson International Airport announced the launch of a therapy dog program on Wednesday that will help soothe stressed-out travelers.

The airport is partnering with the St. John Ambulance Therapy Dog Program, which will bring 13 therapy dogs to Terminals 1 and 3.

Research shows that therapy dogs help reduce anxiety and create a sense of calm.

The canines will “bring enjoyment and help alleviate the anxiety that some passengers experience while travelling,” the Greater Toronto Airports Authority said in a statement.

While on duty, the therapy dogs – Bella, Cheyenne, Daisey, Ghost, Hunter, Kahlua, Luna, Pumpkin, Ringo Starr, Shep, Snickers, Sofia, and Zorie – will be accompanied by human handlers wearing blue Toronto Pearson Welcome Team vests or jackets.

Passengers will be encouraged to engage with one of the dogs and the dogs are amenable to being petted.

Several airports in North America already have similar therapy-dog programs including Cincinnati, Denver, Los Angeles, and Miami.

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