The dogs, mostly golden retrievers, are trained as comfort animals and hail from New Jersey-based nonprofit Creature Comfort Pet Therapy.
"Research shows that just petting a dog releases oxytocin, the hormone associated with bonding and affection, and also decreases levels of stress, helps us breathe easier and lowers our blood pressure," said veterinary consultant Dr. Walter Woolf in a press release.
Anyone who has ever had a dog will, of course, greet the news with a resounding duh.
And maybe wonder why the program isn't extended all-year round. After all, study after study has extolled a dog's virtues in easing stress.
Decompression, thy name is dog.