Aberdeen airport will have 14 therapy dogs on hand to calm passengers

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In the knowledge that stroking a dog for 15 minutes releases hormones such as serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin which make you feel good, Aberdeen Airport is introducing 14 therapy dogs to the foyer area to calm the nerves of anxious travellers. Three of the dogs are Doug a pug, Bronte a golden retriever and Tweedie Bear a German shepherd.

Therapy dog at Aberdeen Airport. Photo: NIEL CHISHOLM

The dogs are called the ‘Canine Crew’ and they will mingle with passengers. It’s an enlightened approach to improving air travel. It is the first of its kind in the UK.

Diane Wood a trustee of the Canine Concern Scotland Trust said:

“The mere action of stroking a dog slows down the heartbeat and reduces blood pressure to they will be a great help to anyone feeling nervous about their journey.”

Diane Wood

All the dogs have been working therapy dogs for at least a year and had to pass stringent trials to qualify for the role.

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