Dogs and Stress Relief

Dogs and Stress Relief – Do dogs provide stress relief for their owners?  As you know, I am a dog lover and owner.  I can say with absolute certainty that dogs do provide stress relief.  Do you agree with me? 

My dog gives me unconditional love.  He is always there to greet me when I come home, no matter how long I have left him by himself.  He is always so happy to see me no matter how tough my day was. 

Dogs and Stress Relief

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If only I could be the great man that my dog thinks I am.  I have heard that statement said in different ways.  But it is so true no matter how you say it.

My little dog is just a mutt.  But he is the most loving and affectionate dog we have ever owned. 

If I have experienced problems during the day, I quickly forget about them when I come home.  My dog wants to be with me and follow me around wherever I go. 

Cats probably are the same.  I have owned cats before, and it doesn’t seem to be the same.  But I have talked with many cat owners, and they experience the same type of stress relief being around their cat.

I read an article that discusses this topic of dogs and stress relief.  It is entitled “Dogs Promote Good Health.” 

Here is a quote from the article:

The Dogs Trust argues dogs can promote good health.

Dogs can promote good health, according to experts.

The Dog Trust has unveiled The Dog Prescription initiative, which noted the animals can assist in the development of youngsters with educational or learning difficulties.

People who own dogs are more physically active than other adults, as they take their pets on walks with dog leads, the organisation argued.

During periods of stress or anxiety, owning a dog can provide useful emotional support, while also tackling feelings of loneliness and isolation among elderly people and lowering blood pressure in adults, it continued.

Mental wellbeing can be supported by caring for a dog, while depression is also alleviated, the charity argued.

It said individuals who have just had coronary treatments can find that a dog aids in their recovery, promoting walking and other useful forms of exercise.

“Walking is one of the best forms of exercise for patients recovering from a cardiac event,” senior nurse at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust Lynda Evans said in support of the campaign.

Recent research from the Michigan State University and the Michigan Department of Community Health in the US found dog owners are 34 per cent more likely to reach exercise targets than people without the pet.

The entire article can be read here.

The author discusses several health benefits of owning a dog.

I would like to hear your comments on this topic of dogs and stress relief.  Do you experience specific health benefits from your dog’s companionship?  Thanks for your input. 

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