Nervous Fliers Can Cuddle Puppies Before Getting on Their Flights


People who are nervous fliers have all kinds of tactics they use to try to get through a flight as calmly as they can, and now those traveling on American Airlines at Australia's Sydney Airport will have something new they can do -- cuddle puppies. American Airlines has teamed up with nonprofit Assistance Dogs Australia on an initiative called emBark, which will station puppies at American airline counters in Sydney Airport for customers to cuddle before their flight. The dogs will be there for two hours on Tuesday and Thursday mornings, with the goal of the initiative to raise awareness about how life-changing service dogs can be for people with physical disabilities, or mental issues like PTSD or autism. The puppies, who are training to become assistance dogs, will also benefit, with the exposure helping them learn socialization, staying calm in a hectic environment and how to navigate places with elevators and escalators. 

 

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