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Air Bud: Columbus airport introduces therapy dog program to reduce passenger stress

Air Bud: Columbus airport introduces therapy dog program to reduce passenger stress

Jack McLaughlin

Because a cute dog can fix just about anything, John Glenn International Airport has launched a new pet therapy program aimed at reducing passengers’ stress levels.

Called Paw Force One, the program will send volunteer handlers and trained therapy dogs throughout the airport, where passengers will be able to pet and play with them as they please.

“Our goal with Paw Force One is to surprise and delight our passengers through creating a positive experience, relieving stress and anxiety, and assisting passengers with questions and wayfinding,” said Angie Tabor, Senior Manager of Customer Experience for the Columbus Regional Airport Authority in a press release. “Especially during this pandemic, it’s yet another way we can help make it a positive air travel experience for passengers.”

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Currently, there are 10 different teams of dogs and handlers. The animals involved can be easily identified by the brightly-colored bandanas they’ll be sporting.

The program officially kicked off yesterday, when each team was sworn in after completing their training.

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