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Companion Animal: Reasons To Be Dog Crazy

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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

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10 Comments

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    Celine
    March 21, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    I can attest to that allergy prevention thing. All of my kids grew up with dogs in the house and they are all healthy! Dogs are not just man’s bestfriend. They’re a lifesaver too!

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    Mansoor
    March 21, 2017 at 8:48 pm

    I love dogs! Can’t think of anyone who isn’t charmed by a dog. I reckon they’re naturally bound to be with a human being. They’re just very loyal!

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    Alice
    March 21, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    I’m a dog owner myself and I could attest to the many benefits of having a pet. My dog helps me a lot in so many ways. And yes we should always take time to celebrate our pets’ birthday and give them gifts and love that they deserve.

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    Raphael Fabella
    March 22, 2017 at 2:41 am

    We had so many dogs in our family that i don’t know how different we might have been without them. Even now we have so many pets still with us, and cute puppies are always a ray of sunshine if anyone is having a bad day.

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    Mark Esthber
    March 22, 2017 at 2:45 am

    Having a dog/dogs in your life will most likely make anyone’s mood a lot brighter. But i think that many people don’t understand the requirements to having and raising a dog. They have to understand that not only do you have to feed it, you also have to take it a bath, give it injections and worst of all clean up the poop when they’re still puppies. But through all of that, i still think it’s a true joy to have a pet.

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    Heather
    March 22, 2017 at 5:39 am

    Aww… this post makes me miss my dog more. He died last summer and I miss him every single day.

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    Rebi
    March 22, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I do love dogs. I have 3 of them and even love talking to them even if they’re not responding. They really are man’s best friend.

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    Keith
    March 22, 2017 at 11:31 am

    I used to take care of 14 dogs back when I was young and lived with my parents. Well, they have a yard big enough for my little troop! Now that I live in a small apartment in the city, all I can manage to take care of is one due to space issues. I agree with everything on the list. For number 3 however, with a dog, getting a date is a lot easier in my experience.

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    Safiya ANdres
    March 22, 2017 at 11:43 am

    I’m actually afraid of dogs. But your post about owning a dog makes me want to have one for myself. His cute by the way ( or is it a she?)

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    Charlene
    March 22, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    I am definitely a dog-person and I totally agree with you! I have two dogs, and they really are a blessing to me. They comfort me through my bad days and makes it lighter. Whenever I feel pain, I know they feel it too.

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