“Audience dogs” help students reduce anxiety over public speaking

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WASHINGTON — At the dog-friendly campus of American University in Washington D.C., the Kogod School of Business gives students the opportunity to practice their presentations before a live audience — a live furry audience.

“One in 11 people is employed in the hospitality industry,” Emma Rodriguez said while rehearsing her work in front of Ellie.

Ellie is a audience dog and she’s well-rewarded for her work.

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