Opinion: Do Dogs Belong on the Radford University Campus?

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By: Jasmine Singletary | jsingletary3@radford.edu

Everyone knows that having a furry friend around is relaxing and sometimes entertaining. When we’re bored, we can take them on walks and watch them run around in a field for hours.

The question is, do dogs belong on campus? Yes, they are cute and fun, but they may be a distraction to other students. I can’t be the only one that sees a dog and immediately wants to stop, pet them and talk to it like a baby so, I believe they could potentially be a distraction for some students.

I know what you’re thinking, well what about service dogs?

Service dogs are there to provide a service that may include saving someone’s life. So, no, they don’t count when we ask do dogs belong on campus.

Now, that we’ve cleared that up, I can’t be the only person who has walked across the field in front of the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences building and almost stepped in poop or decided to sit outside and realized a pile of poop is next to me.

A dog is like a child; they need around the clock care. Putting that on top of being a student could be overwhelming.

For example, some of us are first-time college students and barely know how to take care of ourselves, so having a dog seems unrealistic. Also, us students are always complaining about being broke, how are you going to be able to take care of the dog, if you have no money?

Dogs on campus
Photo Credit: (Jordan Bennett | Staff Photographer)
They could be your support system so, having them registered as an emotional support dog would be smart.

Last semester I noticed there were a lot of dogs coming in and out of Muse hall. As a past resident, I know that those rooms aren’t huge, with two people in the rooms its sort of stuffy. Adding on a pet would make it very crowded, especially a large dog.

Alexis Cox, a Radford University junior, said, “I think they belong on campus if they are service dogs or if they’re friendly and trained. I think dogs are great companions, and it’s always good to see a four-legged friend around campus.”

This is a reasonable request, and it also goes back to my point of them being a distraction. For example, if the dog is barking at any and everything it could be annoying to the people around that are trying to get school work done outside or anyone trying to enjoy some fresh air.

Richard Bland, a junior said, “Yes they belong on campus because they could be someone’s cuddle buddy or support animal. I don’t think I would be able to take care of a dog and myself.”

An emotional support dog could be an exception, as to dogs being on campus, along with service dogs. Getting your dog registered as an emotional support animal is much easier than getting it registered as a service dog.

A dog is like a child; they need around the clock care. Putting that on top of being a student could be overwhelming.All you have to do is go online and answer a few questions, and you’ll receive the paperwork and vest within a week. So, does an emotional support dog count?

Cox said, “I still think they should be allowed on campus you never know what someone is going through so, instead of going to get a service dog, registering your own dog as an emotional support dog may be enough to help them through a tough time.”

Support is something we all need at times and having your furry friend there when you’re struggling on an assignment or just stressed out your support dog could be the break you need.

Bland said, “Yes, as I said before they could be your support system so, having them registered as an emotional support dog would be smart.”

So, should dogs be allowed on campus?

I think the answer is yes because they are so much more than pets to people. They are rescuers and support all in one, they may require a little extra work on top of being a student, but it’s all worth it in the end.

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Photo Credit: (Jordan Bennett | Staff Photographer)

Jasmine Singletary

I'm a Radford University sophomore and my major is Journalism so, I kind of like to write.