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December 22, 2011 at 8:48 AMComments: 1 Faves: 0

How Beneficial are Dogs to Our Health?

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

Hello and welcome to another week with The Kibble. Get ready for some news fresh off the doggie press.

Last week we touched on the beneficial affects dogs have on children, intellectually, emotionally and socially. From issues before, we learned that special therapy dogs have been trained to provide those same affects to more targeted groups, such as returning soldiers. Well, we are pleased to announce that dogs can be beneficial to every single one of us.

According to the American Psychological Association dogs provide emotional and social support for “everyday people.” Anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Diane and Alan Bartleson of Cloverdale own two poodles. They say their poodle named Rio keeps them physically active by going on long, regular walks. Their other dog, Cache, provides their emotional support and provides regular doctor checkups.

“who whenever there's a health problem or hurt feelings, sniffs it out and even from a deep sleep comes to the rescue,” said Diane Bartleson.

Another dog lover, Suzanne Carlin of Santa Rosa says her dog, Gracie, is by her side all the time,

“When I have nightmares she puts her paws on my chest and licks my face until I wake up. When I panic she’ll sit down on my feet, as if to say, ‘Okay, nothing bad is going to happen.’”

Miami University in Ohio conducted research to figure out more about the benefits of dogs. They concluded that pet owners exhibit a higher self-esteem. They also discovered that they were more physically fit, outgoing, were more confident, and worried less than those who did not have pets.

Even veterinarians agree that dogs are beneficial for everyone’s well-being. Nelson is a vet who still makes house calls and shares his take,

“Dogs are very intuitive. Cats, too. They know when you’re sad. They come and sit with you. When you’re happy they look happy.”

It seems like dogs are like our own personal trainers and therapists. You can create your own exercise routine with them, cuddle with them when you are feeling blue, and they share in your happiness. My dad once said, while talking about his dog, "Dogs live to please." They love us and want us to be happy and they can sense our feelings.

Do you agree? How is your dog beneficial to your health?


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  • Oh, dogs can absolutely have a beneficial effect on our health! I can't count how many times I've been stressed or upset and my dog has comforted me. I definitely feel a lot better after a good cuddle with my puppy - no matter what I'm going through. And since it's well documented that anxiety can negatively impact health...that's no small gift our furry friends give us. :)

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