Ruff Year? Dogs are Here

Carly Arsenault, Equipment Manager


High school finals are just around the corner, and all the while seniors are applying for scholarships and colleges. Stressful situations are all around during this time of year; dogs are here to help.  Dogs are loyal and soothing to be around. They are the protective type and comforting when one is sad, upset or stressed. During finals week LHHS partners with therapy dogs to bring joy and happiness before students take their exams.

What are the most comforting dogs to be around to relieve stress?

  1. Pembroke Welsh Corgi: They are commonly used for therapy due to their affectionate qualities. Their short legs and long torso can be quite entertaining to watch as they sprint around the house because of their energy. If you are looking into buying one of these dogs, they are typically $600 to $2,000 each.


  1. Pomeranians: They tend to get nervous around those they don’t know but are lovable and are willing to travel in a purse. These fluff balls are playful and extroverted. They are not hypoallergenic for those of you that are allergic. They are $500 to $4,000.


  1. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel: These are short, soft and cuddly; they help with not only stress but also depression. Fun fact: these Spaniels were bred to be lap dogs. They are a happy type of dog and hypoallergenic. If you are looking to buy one, their price ranges from $1,800 to $3,500.


  1. Bichon Frise: They require a lot of maintenance due to their excessive shedding, but they are very smart and fast learners. They can tend to be fiesty; however, they are cheerful and playful. They cost $250 to $2,500.


  1. Great Danes: Their height can frighten, but they are good at comforting and running. They are affectionate, confident and very loving, which can provide positive emotional support. They cost anywhere from $600 to $3,000.


  1. Yorkshire Terriers: They love the feeling of love; they are happiest when in a close relationship with their owners. These terriers are small and hypoallergenic. Fun fact: these dogs were bred to catch rats at the clothing mills in 19th century, Yorkshire England. If you are looking for one of these dogs, they are typically around $1,200 to $1,5002. Labrador Retrievers: They tend to be patient, gentle and wonderful with children. They are a candidate for a service dog because they are so helpful. Their colors range from Chocolate, Yellow and Black. Although they have many positive characteristics, they are not hypoallergenic. They are from $300 to $1,000.


  1. Poodles: Poodles hardly shed and are hypoallergenic, which is a plus to those that are allergic to animals. They come in various colors, and their price ranges from $700 to upwards of $2,000. They are instinctual and intelligent. They are easily trainable, so if they are needed as service dog they are quick learners.


If you decide any of these dogs are the type that you want, please go through the Humane Society or any animal shelter before thinking of dog breeders. The prices listed below tend to be the breeder’s price and not the shelter price.