Updated 23 December 2015

Airport comfort dogs to help ease holiday travel stress

A team of professionally trained comfort dogs at Dulles International Airport are helping ease travelers' stresses this holiday season.

Dogs are being used to reduce stress and anxiety for holiday travelers.

This is what Dulles International Airport is doing to help ease travelers' stresses this holiday season.

The dogs are part of the United Airlines United Paws Programme. For the first half of Christmas week, the airline has invited the comfort animals to seven of its hub airports nationwide.

The dogs walk the terminal during a morning and afternoon shift and will continue through.

On Monday December 21 , the four-legged messengers of calm participating in the event included Rugi, a Great Dane-Labrador mix; Cinnamon, an English bulldog; and Pepper, a rescue blend of retriever, among others.

United spokesman Jonathan Guerin says science proves that simply petting a dog can reduce stress. Plus, they always bring smiles.

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Image: Dog from Pixabay


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