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Therapy dog program lands at Halifax airport

One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program.
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program. Courtesy/Halifax Stanfield International Airport

HALIFAX – Halifax Stanfield International Airport will become the first province in Atlantic Canada to provide therapy dogs for passengers.

On Friday, the airport will unveil the seven dogs that are a part of the dog therapy program, which is a partnership between the airport and St. John Ambulance.

One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program.
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program. Courtesy/Halifax Stanfield International Airport
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program.
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program. Courtesy/Halifax Stanfield International Airport
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program.
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program. Courtesy/Halifax Stanfield International Airport
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program.
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program. Courtesy/Halifax Stanfield International Airport
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program.
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program. Courtesy/Halifax Stanfield International Airport
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program.
One of the dogs that will be a part of the airport's dog therapy program. Courtesy/Halifax Stanfield International Airport

Airport spokesperson Ashley Gallant said the dogs are meant to lower stress levels of passengers and help them relax and de-stress while in transit.

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“Airports can be stressful places and we hope this can benefit the passenger experience,” she said.

Similar programs are already in effect in other cities such as Edmonton, Regina and Saskatoon.

Gallant said the dogs will work two days a week for now, Tuesday and Friday, but there are plans to expand the program.

The dogs have been screened and certified through St. John Ambulance. They currently provide therapeutic services to nursing homes and universities.