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​10 Mental Health Benefits Of Having A Dog

​10 Mental Health Benefits Of Having A Dog

Published by Wolf & I Co. on Aug 31, 2021

1. Playing with your dog elevates serotonin

Serotonin is the key hormone that stabilises our mood, feelings of well-being, and happiness. This hormone impacts your entire body so let’s face it, our dogs sook at us to play with them but it sure is worth it! A little bit of walking around outside, playing the ball, giving them a belly rub and even teaching them a new trick takes our minds off of things, relaxes us and gives the dog a bit of stimulation at the same time. Win. win.

2. Helps reduce anxiety

Petting, hugging, or otherwise touching a loving animal can soothe and calm you when you’re stressed or anxious. Regular interactions with your dog are beneficial if you’re feeling stressed.

3. Dogs help add structure and routine

You care for them like they are a child and want to give them the best in life.

The regular routine of caring for your dog, you know the simple things like feeding, walks, washes and brushes, give your day structure and normality in the crazy world we are living in right now.

4. Dogs ensure you socialise

If your dog is anything like ours, they’ll love to say hello to humans and ensure they get a pat. Usually meaning you need to command them to get down and come back to you.. The character of dogs draws us together, they are our world and we love to enquire what breed, how old, such a cute puppy etc. Never a dull moment and nice to interact with fellow dog owners.

5. Care for something other than yourself

We can’t read their minds and they can’t talk so we must assess our dogs needs and provide them with the best care possible. Providing this type of care for something other than yourself gives us a sense of purpose. It’s our duty to do the best we can for our dogs and it’s a great feeling to know our dogs are happy and well looked after.

6. Provide companionship

Companionship of a dog can make you feel like you are not alone. If you’re anything like us, you’ll find yourself talking to your dog 24/7. They follow you around the house, around the yard, to the toilet and out again. A constant pal no matter what you’re up to!

7. Make you feel safe

Any traveller or camper will know what it’s like to feel a little vulnerable at night in a dark deserted camp site. Thanks to our dogs a few barks and a growl or two can make you feel safe in an otherwise questionable environment. Similarly if you live by yourself you’ll get a sense of safety by having your dog around.

8. Love and fulfilment

Dogs love us unconditionally, we can feel it and openly reciprocate it. They bring us joy, smiles and cuddles and caring for our dog on a daily basis gives a sense of fulfilment.

9. Provide sensory stress relief

All you need to keep those hands busy is a regular petting motion not only is it calming for those that fidget, your dog will love you for it!

10. Dogs helps decrease blood pressure

Your dogs alarm clock has gone off way before you’re thinking to get up out of bed, and of course they’re itching to go for a walk! Not only do they get you up, dogs are a great stimulus for regular exercise and before you know it, you’ve done your quota for the day which is great for heart health. If you have an energetic breed you’ll be sure to be on another walk later in the afternoon.