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How Pets Positively Contribute To Mental Health

Pets are well-known to impact individuals – especially their owners positively. In many ways, they help improve mental health. Most commonly, we hear about Dogs and their loyal and caring nature. Therefore, in this article, we will focus on how particularly dogs, positively contribute to mental health.

Dogs’ have always been known to be a human being’s best mate. Well, this amazing animal-friend acts as a health booster. Various scientific studies have revealed that dogs positively contribute to an individual’s mental and physical health. History says that humans and dogs have been working past hundreds and thousands of years together. Apart from the cuteness and playful attitudes of dogs, this animal has a direct impact on their owner’s life. Below, is a rundown of five surprising ways that a dog contributes to their owner’s health!

1. Dogs Provide Physical Comfort

Getting motivated to go out for a walk or run, for most of us, is a struggle. A dog acts as a motivational factor for physical activity. With their presence, our everyday walk or exercise turns more interesting and fun-filled! Plan for a walk with your furry buddy, or for some mild jogging. Some people become a bit skeptical about going out alone for a walk. A dog provides additional security to help us feel safer. Apart from any physical activity, playing various games with them also substitutes well. Go for a game of ‘fetching,’ tug-of-war, or tussle with your pooch. It caters to quite a rejuvenating experience. Keep on doing these activities with your dog to relish the experience!

2. Dogs are Beneficial to Mental Balance

In addition to providing physical comfort, research has revealed that petting your furry friend can lower your cortisol’s blood level. The cortisol blood level refers to the stress hormone that contributes to body fatigue, gaining body weight and premature ageing. Playing or cuddling with your dog for even a few minutes helps in releasing endorphins. These powerful ‘feeling good’ hormones continue functioning positively in our central bloodstream for a long time, even after you finish playing with them. Their loving presence and selfless love reinforce a sort of responsibility causing a sense of comfort. Dogs help in maintaining a routine in our life. This balance has a collective effect on life while lowering any anxiety or depression one might experience. In addition to providing physical comfort,

3. Dogs Assure Safety

The four-legged buddies help in giving their owners a sense of safety and security. A dog-owner never has to worry about intruders or burglars. Their four-legged buddies alert their owners by consistent barking. The house with a pet inside has a smaller chance of any house robberies and theft. Moreover, their presence will make you feel less lonely while keeping you busy. Therefore they can positively contribute to your health. At night, you can get a secure sleep, while your four-legged mate remains alert.

4. Dogs Reduce Stress Levels & Help Your Sleep

A dog is a carrier of positivity and happiness. They help in fighting depression, mental ailments and anxiety. In our busy schedule, many of us fall prey to acute depression and nervousness. These pets act as therapeutic partners for their owners in fighting these mental health problems.

Studies have also proven that those individuals who follow a routine exercise have no hassles in falling asleep. And with our busy schedules, getting the right amount of sleep is incredibly important. Adequate sleep helps to reduce stress-level, lower blood pressure, prevent unusual mood swings, and assist our bodies to fight against any infections. And with dog-owners having to constantly be active, both physically and mentally, with their lovable pooches, they experience this positivity quite often. Their body is always under-going these aforementioned positive attributes. Thus, with mental peace, no dog owner experiences sleeplessness nights!

5. Dogs Make Their Owner More Social

It is a proven fact that the individuals who regularly interact with others experience a long and healthy life. This positive interaction aids a lot in their well-being. And if you are a dog owner, it is like the icing on the cake! Your dog will provide you with multiple opportunities to meet and interact with other people around you. Moreover, it is always easy to start conversing with another individual, especially on your daily dog walks!

Final Words

Adopting the right dog carries a lot of significance. Therefore, getting a four-legged mate acts as a practical solution in dealing with all the issues related to an individual’s physical and mental health. So, find a pooch that is the best for you and help you to feel great. With the busy schedule and the higher quality of our life, we forget to tend to our well-being. The furry partner brings a handful of positive transformations to your life. To experience a smooth sail, the above discussed five surprising ways will help you in getting know-how on the dog’s positively contribute to their owner’s health.

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Rebecca Siggers
Rebecca Siggers

Rebecca Siggers is a Pet Owner and passionate writer. She enjoys writing about pets, dog health, dog yoga and travel with her dog around the globe.  Through her writing, she hopes to influence as many people as possible to help out and spread the love for furry animals.


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