Stress levels are decreased…we feel relaxed…our minds clear up a little bit, but why?
Dogs actually help us cope with life without us even fully realizing it.
That’s why people use dogs as service animals and therapy pets. Why dogs are specially trained to become a police dog, a fire dog, a dog to guide the blind, a dog to comfort sick children, a dog to let them know their blood sugar is getting low, a dog to lay on someone when they can sense the person is having an anxiety attack, or a dog to help a person do daily tasks such as grabbing a water out of the fridge or opening up a door.
Not all dogs have to be specially trained to have this kind of intuition or to be good for our health.
All dogs instinctively want to serve their owners, they want to have discipline, and they crave being praised.
If we recognize this and patiently work with them on a consistent basis, they will in turn give us their loyalty and unconditional love.
The past two weeks have been pretty ruff for me; from starting last week off loosing my wallet and this week by loosing my job and everything else in between.
Having the last few days to get organized again and to clear out the clutter in my head and in my life has helped…but I couldn’t have done it without Milo. He’s always there and has always been there. (I mean physically he doesn’t really have a choice since he can’t really have a puppy playdate by himself or take himself out but….)
Rebecca A. Johnson, Ph.D, director of the Research Center for Human Animal Interaction at University of Missouri, states that when we speak, hear, or touch our animals “beneficial neurohormones are released and that induces a sense of goodwill, joy, nurturing and happiness.”
We are able to build strong bonds with dogs because of their natural caring and loving nature. They can sense what emotion we are feeling in the moment and depending on the dog, they will respond to that emotion to either try and comfort you or give you the space you need.
Milo is good about doing both. He can tell when I’m upset and he will either use his paw to pull my arms and legs to get me up and moving, or he will just plop himself right next to me and lay his head on my chest.
If you believe your dog could help others too, such as becoming a therapy dog or a visitor to the elderly or the sick; please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can guide you to the right place to get started!