IT’S TOUGH TO keep a straight face around a cavorting puppy. A cocked head accompanied by a questioning whimper, or a warm, furry nudge at the end of a crazy busy workday can be better than prescription serotonin for melting away angst and frustration.
So much of language is unspoken. So much of language is compromised of looks and gestures and sounds that are not words. People are ignorant of the vast complexity of their own communication.-The Art of Racing in the Rain
Here are 5 reasons why it’s okay to buy your dog a birthday gift.
1. They act like all-natural antidepressants
Human-dog interactions actually lead to the release of feel-good hormones. They also reduce the physiological indicators of stress, like high blood pressure. There is evidence that petting, stroking, or even merely being in the presence of Fido will set of relaxation signals.
2. They make us move
It’s cold and rainy. Your mood mirrors the weather. But your buddy has needs. In multiple interviews with dog owners, dogs were described as motivators to exercise. Dog walks lead to about 30 minutes of light exercise a day, which decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
3. Good-bye online dating
Dog owners indicated that pets complemented rather than competed with interactions between other humans. Try not talking to a stranger when two dogs do the tangled leash dance.
4. Security Guard Slash Therapist
Whether in long floppy swaths of golden fur, or in pointy triangles of short curls pup ears are as responsive to what you have to say, as they are attuned to what you are not saying. Dogs listen without judging, and have a heightened sense of hearing making their owners feel protected, while subsequently reducing some subconscious stress.
5. Allergy Prevention
A heathy dose of pet dander floating around the living room may not be as bad as you think for your toddler. Early exposure to pet allergens and pet-related bacteria may help in boosting the immune system according to some researchers.
Ref: McConnell et al. Friends with benefits: On the positive consequences of pet ownership: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol 101(6), Dec 2011, 1239-1252
Ref: Knight et al. In the Company of Wolves: Journal of Aging and Health