The Therapeutic Benefits of Owning a Dog

by on 22/03/11 at 10:39 am

Charles Schultz once wrote “Happiness in a Warm Puppy,” in his famous comic strip, and many a dog owner will readily agree. Dogs are faithful companions, energetic and always happy to see you when you come home from work. If you have considered adopting a dog for companionship you might be surprised to know, too, that the presence of a puppy or adult dog in your home can benefit your health.

Some may argue the opposite, that having a dog at home increases the risk of dander and, eventually, inflamed allergies. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, however, have conducted tests where the results hypothesize differently. In fact, it is theorized here that children raised in a home with a pet is more likely to develop a strong immune system by virtue of exposure.

The presence of a dog at home, too, is believed to work great as a stress-reducer, and for relief against depression. Taking time each day to play with your dog raises your seratonin levels – these nerve transmitters serve to increase feelings of pleasure and contentment, and when you are with your beloved pet you may find the comfort you need to get through the rest of the day.

Owning a dog also offers opportunity for exercise. It’s a given that you’ll have to walk your dog daily, and that involves getting off the couch yourself. As you become more active, this helps to lift feelings of depression as well.

Adopting a dog into the family not only benefits your four-footed friend, but can enhance your life. Happiness is indeed a warm puppy, or dog.

Kathryn Lively is a freelance writer specializing in articles on pet supplies and dog supplies.

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  • Being with them brings joy and happiness to us humans. Through this, they cater great therapeutic benefits to their beloved owners.

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