Dogs provide great companionship to students and encourage healthy habits outside the classroom, and Creighton has open spaces in dorm buildings like Opus that are ideal for dogs.
It is understandable that new rules would have to be implemented regarding cleanup and care, but the pros outweigh the cons.
Just as an emotional support animal is beneficial for a given student, it is important to consider the wellbeing of others, even if they do not need it for a particular reason.
The same routine of attending classes and coming back to the dorm to do homework, watch television shows, and complete chores may take a toll on students after a period of time. In some extreme cases, it may even promote laziness rather than productivity.
A dog’s companionship may even help students to transition into the college atmosphere better. If they move from a different state than where the college resides, a dog might be the perfect first friend.
There is always going to be the option to go to the gym, but weight lifting and cardio are not everyone’s favorite pastimes or ways to destress. Sometimes, students simply do not have the time to go because of upcoming exams, evening classes, etc.
A dog will at least push him or her to take a study break to take it outside to use the bathroom.
Additionally, dogs can make students more social.
Imagine walking on Creighton’s mall and seeing someone walking their dog. Students and faculty do not merely just walk past it.
There will always be someone that will stop to pet it and even start a conversation with its owner.
Dogs make us feel less alone as a result. Students have the opportunity to socially engage with another being, even if their roommates are not home.
They offer unconditional love and support at all times, no matter how bad the student’s day was.
As long as rules are established, enforced, and agreed to, the opportunity to own a dog, no matter if it is for emotional support reasons or others, could provide a positive structure to the students’ lives.