There are SO many reasons dogs are great for our mental health. They can help us through depression, anxiety, and all the other stress life brings. A dog helps us get out of the house (even on days we do not feel like it), and opens the door to meet all kinds of new people.
Dogs Cheer Us Up
Dogs are actually able to help us through sadness, depression, and grieving. Many people living with depression find it hard to get the motivation to start the day. However, when you have someone else depending on you for care, food, and attention, it helps you through the spells of grieving. Dogs also provide fantastic companions that want nothing more than to see us happy and thriving. Sometimes just having a friend, animal or otherwise, is all you need to find support through tough times.
Dogs Help Us Out
Dogs are even more extraordinary than we may think. Service dogs are able to receive rigorous training from the time they are puppies to adulthood. This training can prepare them to aid the blind, people with seizures, anxiety, autism, PTSD, and much more. Dogs help people who are having a seizure by sliding under their head, and protecting them from concussions. Autism service dogs can provide their owners with a profound connectiveness. Every dog, special training or not helps us through anxiety. It is so special that these animals are able to help people in all stages of life.
Dogs Lower Anxiety
Dogs have the unique power to lower our anxiety no matter the circumstance. They’re capable of triggering a cuddle hormone called "oxytocin". This hormone releases when a person is comforted by someone. People also report lower blood pressure readings after spending time with their pets. Dogs are even great at sensing when we’re feeling stressed and help us calm down. A lot of businesses and hospitals allow people to bring their dogs with them. Studies show that pets improve productivity and decrease healing time.
Dogs Help Us Stay Healthy
If a healthier lifestyle is what you’re after, adopting a dog is a great option. Dogs do need a lot of maintenance, such as feeding, brushing, walking, and playing. A person who owns a dog is more likely to be active than a person who doesn't. If you take your dog on three, twenty-minute walks then you get an hour of exercise per day. Many people lose weight after getting a dog. Puppies are especially wonderful for keeping us active. If you, like many of us, have a sedentary job, getting a dog can be a fun way of staying in shape.
Dogs Make You Meet New People
The new people you meet through a furry friend will probably be dog lovers too-the best types of people! Being such social beings, dogs are sure to break the ice. Whether you’re taking your dog on a walk, going to a dog park, or taking a beach trip, people will be drawn to your dog like a magnet. And who can blame them? Dogs are adorable! Plus, you always have common ground with other dog owners. Some people even meet their significant others at the dog park- if the dogs get along, you probably will too!
It’s easy to see why dogs earned the title "man's best friend.” They do so many great things for our health and wellbeing. I guess it's time to find your best friend and give them a treat, right?!.....
"Man's Best Friend" Gallery
Below are just a few of the dogs that have been rescued by Bear & Friends Animal Society, Inc. Each dog is unique, and each one deserves the love that a special family can provide.