Ever had ‘one of those days’? You know the ones. Nothing seems to go right. Maybe you’re not feeling well. Things just seem to be a bit ‘off.’ Then, you come home to a burst of energy powering toward you for the simplest of things; a pet, a hug, and a lick. And you smile. All the negativity from your day has evaporated and you feel better. Calmer. Emotional support puppies have become a trending topic of late.
We may say a dog is a man’s best friend. But did you know pets, of any variety, are not only good for your health but can even change your brain chemistry. Now, how is that for natural stimuli!
Puppies and children go together like peanut butter and jelly. But did you know pets make great companions for seniors as well?
Below are 5 reasons to have a pet no matter your age.
5 Reasons Puppies Rock
Big dogs are great, but can be a handful. They need plenty of room to roam and play, while smaller dogs are more at home in smaller locales like apartments. Smaller dogs can be easier to handle, more tranquil, and gentler playmates at every age. While companionship tops the list for reasons to have a pet, here a few more which may surprise you.
- Making new friends. Dogs are great icebreakers. They’re conversation starters. “Oh, what a beautiful dog? What’s its name?” And so, the conversation begins. There are also plenty of activities for people with pets such as walks or other group outings.
- New interests: If you’re out and about with your pup, you may notice your neighborhood garden needs cleaning up or the nearest park. If your pet makes you feel better, what could it do for someone in the hospital? Did you know you could volunteer to bring in your pet to visit patients?
- Less stress. Knowing you have a fur-ever friend, emotional support puppies are a constant companion and add to your sense of well-being. Feeling stressed? Pet a dog. Worried? Pet a dog. Something to work through? Take the pup for a walk and clear your mind.
- Protection. A dog’s bark may be worse than their bite, especially if it’s a smaller dog. But a burglar may not know that.
- Commitment to and for life. Taking care of another creature depends on you. It depends on your promise to feed, water, take to the vet when needed, play with, and pet your pup. Each of these leads to a routine of more exercise, getting out, and enjoying life while making friends and connecting with the world around you.
As exciting as the above reasons are to have a pet, did you know having a pet can take things a step further? Read on to learn how having a pet can change your brain chemistry.
How Puppies Can Change Your Brain Chemistry
So, what is it that makes the influence of dogs in our lives so enjoyable? What effect does it have on our brain chemistry and function?
In a study which brought together dogs and teenage boys suffering from addiction, depression, and PTSD, interacting with dogs improved their moods. Reports included improved joyfulness, serenity, and peace.
So, what’s at work here?
You know that excitement you feel when you see a puppy or dog? Remember your bad day and the calm which sets in when you greet your pup? This is dopamine; natural stimuli which your brain creates.
Social interaction provides a vehicle for companionship, healthier habits, and new friendships. If adult dogs can do all that, imagine how much happier pet owners who begin with pups and form lifelong bonds must be.
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