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Why Owning A Dog Is Good For Your Mental Health

Scooby-Doo, Snoopy, Odie, Beethoven, Marly, and Hachiko. These are some of the famous dogs that once graced our television sets and the big screen. They made us laugh, cry, and learn to appreciate our canine pets more.

Dog tails and kisses

The comfort and happiness pet dogs bring into our lives truly make them great companions at home. Who can’t resist smiling at their wagging tails? How about some slobbery smooches?

Playmate, protector, and companion

Aside from being a protector, playmate, and constant companion, owning a dog can do more good than we could imagine.

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“A pet can be a great source of comfort, companionship, and motivation for their owners. In many ways, pets can help us to live mentally healthier lives, ” the Mental Health Foundation said.

Dogs and benefits

Dogs are stress-relievers. Their delightful presence helps lower heart rate and blood pressure, regulate breathing, and relax the muscles.

Their sunny attitude can light up our gloomy day. Their playfulness affects our moods. A dog brings good vibes, thus making him a welcome sight following a hard day at work.

The presence of a dog in a workplace relieves stress as well. It enhances the mood in the workplace.

“Studies have shown that employees experience improved recovery from stressful work-related situations in the presence of dogs at work, ” said Dr. Marose Magpily, DVM, Dip CBST, of Pet Centrics.

Dogs boost love hormones. Dogs boost the release of oxytocin also known as the love hormone. This results in improved heart rate and blood pressure, enhanced social life, and increased immunity and pain tolerance.

Dogs improve social life. Dogs are naturally social creatures. They are great at initiating social interactions. Go take a walk with your dog and notice how it gets the attention of other people. One or two may even start a conversation about your dog.

“People dealing with mental illness have difficulty making connections and socializing with other people. Having a dog and taking him out to the dog park creates opportunities to meet and socialize with other dog owners, ” said Jojo Isorena, Canine Training and Behavior Specialist at BetterDog Canine Behavior Center.

Dogs offer structure and stability. Owning a dog is like having a child. You nurture and take care of them as long as you can. Dogs teach us to be responsible owners and individuals at the same time.

“Because dogs need to be fed, walked and engaged every day, they will let you know under very clear terms when you are remiss with your duties—they also help people with mental illness create a daily routine, giving their lives structure and keeping them moving forward,” Isorena added.

Dogs are indeed man’s best friend.

Source: GMA News Online

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