Did you have a bad day at work today? Are you feeling stressed and overwhelmed? Anyone who is a dog parent will tell you, the second they walk in their door at home, that being greeted by their dog always makes them feel better. Your day just washes away. I started wondering…. DO DOGS MAKE YOU HAPPIER?
Dogs provide that happy distraction from the way you are feeling. The unconditional gratitude you get just for coming home.
There really is no other feeling like it. The love and pure joy you get from them, just being happy to see you. It’s like walking into a room full of people and having everyone stop the second you walk in the door…..UM! yeah that doesn’t happen.
It starts with your mood
A lot of research has been done on whether dogs really do make your happier. What is it they do exactly?
Studies have shown, that people who own pets are far more likely to wake up feeling more positive and with a better outlook of the day ahead of them.
Dogs give you a purpose and a reason to get out of bed every day. On those days when you maybe aren’t feeling your best, the responsibility of feeding and letting them out, forces you to get up and start moving whether you like it or not.
The moment that your dog stares into your eyes, you realize there is nobody that sees you, like your dogs sees you.
Using dogs as a type of therapy is called Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) has been known to help people who suffer from anxiety or panic attacks.
Dogs have been known to help Vets suffering from PTSD, people going through chemotherapy, or people suffering from a physical limitation. These dogs are called Therapy Dogs.
Stop you from feeling alone
As a dog owner, we are responsible for ensuring our dogs are given physical exercise and socialization with other dogs. Usually that consist of either walks on a leash, or maybe a trip to the dog park.
When we allow our dogs to interact with each other, it also forces us to socialize with other dog owners. More times than not if you take your dog to the dog park, you will end up talking to another dog owner, at some point about your pet.
This can be a great way for us to get out from that dark shadow of maybe feeling isolated or lonely. The socialization gives us that boost of interaction that we need sometimes, to feel more connected to people.
The world is fast paced and everyone seems busy maneuvering through their life, it can be easy to start to feel like you are alone. Coming home to someone every day, does make us feel like we have a family that loves and relies on us for their happiness.
If, you suffer from depression, anxiety, panic attacks or just from feeling alone, dogs are great companions.
In my own life, I have had struggles and having my dogs to cuddle and love, has gotten me through those some tough times.
Forces us to move
Exercising our pets, is pretty much a mandatory thing, this forces us to take our dogs out. We all know that anytime you have stress, a cluttered mind or just overall malaise, exercise is proven to help out with this.
Moving gets our endorphins flowing. This can aid in lowering high blood pressure, cholesterol, lowering your stress level and clearing your head.
Maybe it’s a sunny day and you decide to spend the afternoon throwing the ball or Frisbee around. Your dogs happiness and excitement can’t help but rub off on you and make you feel better.
Dogs are always ready to do something fun and energetic no matter what time of day it is.
Exercising your pet it also very important for their health and well-being. Pets can also get gloomy and bored without some kind of stimulation to keep them moving.
The nose knows!
I believe that dogs are given the amazing ability to detect when their owners have something wrong, and that they feel things even though we may not know yet. A 6th sense. Sometimes that strange reaction from your dog, can force you to figure out why maybe your haven’t been feeling that well.
Dogs have also been know to sense things like a seizure or an allergic reaction might be coming. There nose can pick up things like a peanut allergy.
Having an ability to make us second guess something or see something we never knew was there. This could be a trip to the Dr. office that you were maybe putting off.
Whether you have a dog or are thinking of getting a dog, ask the question, DO DOGS MAKE YOU HAPPIER?
My answer to that question is undeniably yes. The proof is in the pudding.
We are now using dogs in so many ways to help people that suffer from physical and mental issues. We use dogs to help with kids who are autistic, Vets who go through war with physical or mental injures.
Relying on dogs to help us with the most fragile people, just proves beyond a reasonable doubt that having a dog in your life, will undoubtedly make you a happier person.
Dogs positive impact, can help us live our best lives. Coming home to a wagging tail and extreme happiness is one of the best things in my life. Things in life are so tough these days, having a companion to love and give you that unconditional love is like no other gift.
Dogs truly are MAN’S BEST FRIEND… Oh wait I mean WOMAN’S BEST FRIEND. Which ever it is, there is nothing like it.
I ♥ DOGS.