While most pet owners can enlist at least five health benefits they never had before they got their pet, to outsiders it’s impossible to predict or to believe that pet ownership can have any benefits at all.
Yet, one obvious example is the case of service dogs. These dogs are trained to help people who have a deficiency in their physiology. Guide dogs for the blind, mobility dogs, autism dogs and so on. Each of them is highly trained to perform civic duty for specific people.
An average household dog has nowhere near the ability of a service dog, but that doesn’t mean he can’t bring good stuff to the house. However, you need to choose the right dog for you, or you will have compatibility issues, behavioral problems and a big mess on your head.
How does a dog affect health in positive ways?
One of the most basic needs that your dog fulfills is the need to touch. Human beings are sociable creatures, and as such, they need interaction. Dogs crave human companionship and interaction more than anything. And they’re willing to provide companionship at any time. One reason a dog is such a comfort when you are down is he doesn’t ask why.
Loneliness is one of the prime reasons for depression. And isolation will only make things worse. Caring for a pet makes you realize you are wanted and needed. And don’t be surprised if you find yourself talking to your dog. People talking to their pets is also depicted as a form of therapy.
Your dog will also force you to go out and meet new people. People frequently stop and talk about their dogs in the park or on walks, and you’ll also meet people in clubs and training classes.
One great reason people have trouble managing their mood is the lack of proper routine. Dogs will add structure and routine to the day as they require regular feeding and playing. So you’re going to have to take care of them even when you’re depressed or anxious. Also, running with a dog can add more spice to your regular jogging routine.
But all this comes with a “price”. You’re making the commitment to take care of (and make time for) your pet for up to 20 years; if you’re not prepared to do that, then getting a dog may not prove as beneficial for you. Weigh your options, consider the advantages and disadvantages of having a dog, and make it a knowledgeable decision. And once you have decided commit to it fully.