We all have professors of different shapes, size, tempers and attitude. Some are nasty, some are irritating and some of them are so good that you actually start loving that subject. But have you ever thought of having a professor as cute as a dog? Well, this is actually a reality now. All the dog lovers are definitely going to envy the students of University of Southern California as they have hired a Golden retriever and a poodle, also known as a ‘golden doodle’ to provide affection and comfort to the students! If I was there I would have spent all my day ‘awwing’ at my new professor!
A top US university has hired a ‘professor’ to provide comfort to stressed students and the new faculty member is no renowned academic but a 2-year-old dog.
The University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles has hired a golden doodle named Professor Beauregard Tirebiter, according to USC News, a university news site run by USC’s communications team.
He resides on the second floor of the university’s student health centre, where he provides affection and comfort to stressed students as a wellness dog, USC News wrote. He even has office hours, a uniform and business cards — though he has “trouble handing out the latter”.
He resides on the second floor of the university’s student health center, where he provides affection and comfort to stressed students as a wellness dog, USC News wrote.
He even has office hours, a uniform and business cards though he has “trouble handing out the latter,” USC News added.
The hope is that Professor Tirebiter will help create a sense of community on campus, in addition to providing therapeutic companionship, said Paula Lee Swinford, director of the Office of Wellness and Health Promotion at USC.
“We wanted to do something that would change our culture,” Swinford told USC News.
Research suggests that positive interactions with dogs can create a sense of calm and well-being, said Olga Solomon, an assistant professor at the USC Mrs. T.H. Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy. Petting a therapy dog can increase serotonin, beta-endorphin and oxytocin chemicals and hormones that make people happy –- and decrease cortisol, a stress hormone, Solomon told USC News.
For now, Professor Tirebiter is learning to get comfortable all over campus, in addition to some tricks, said Amanda Vanni, his handler who is also a health promotion specialist at USC’s student health center.
Isn’t that a ‘pawsome’ news? Wish I could be a part of this university!