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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A dozen canines paid a visit to the University of North Florida to take a bite out of stress as students enter the final week of exams.

The furry friends from Canine Companions for Independence met with students to help relieve any tension they may be having as they prep for finals.

"Helps relieve the stress of finals and take mind off studying a little bit," said Chelsea Hill who noted her parents have a dog that she misses.

There was a waiting line to spend a few minutes with the dogs. The experience was a first at the University of North Florida.

"Handling a dog, receiving attention from a dog has multiple physical and emotional health benefits," said Deborah Baker who is part of UNF staff that helped arrange the canine visit.

Baker says someday the university would like to have a therapy dog on staff to help students facing anxiety.

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