How Your happy Pup Can Benefit Your Health As A Human>
What does a happy pup entail
A happy pup is a dog that is generally not problematic/destructive. The dog enjoys playing, walk and going for car rides. Physical wellbeing and emotional content may be expressed by their healthy appetite. They may also like to lean on your body. Happy pups get excited when they see you walk through the door. Dogs have normal eye shapes when they are happy and relaxed.
Dogs and human background
Dogs are often referred to as humans’ best friends. This has been the topic of many scientific studies looking into how dogs boost our well-being. In this article, we’ll explain how your friendly pup can benefit your health.
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there are an estimated 78 million dogs owned as pets in the United States.
It is still not clear when dogs were first domesticated. But, a study claims that dogs were tamed 20,000–40,000 years ago in Europe.
Humans and dogs have most likely shared a special bond of friendship and mutual support ever since the Neolithic period. But why has this bond been so long-lasting?
Of course, these wolves cousins have historically been great at keeping humans and their homes safe. Dogs have also guarded our houses, our cattle, and various material goods that belong to us. Throughout history, humans have also trained dogs to assist them with hunting. They have bred numerous quirky-looking breeds for their cuteness and elegance.
Dogs are also and might have always been truly valued companions. Famed for their loyalty and willingness to put a smile on their owners’ faces.
In this article, we outline the research that shows how we are happier with our dogs, healthier physically and mentally when facing stress. To name but a few ways in which these much-loved quadrupeds support our well-being.
How a happy pup keeps you in good health
Having dogs as pets is associated with better physical health.
A study showed that owning a dog reduces the risk of dying prematurely by up to a third.
Also, researchers at the University of Harvard suggest that happy pup owners have a lower risk of a heart attack.
It is difficult to establish a causal relationship between owning a dog and enjoying better health.
Benefits may appear thanks to some factors in adjustment of lifestyle which people make after they decide to adopt a dog.
The most common of such lifestyle factors is physical activity. There is no shortcut to walking your dog a least twice a day. Dog owners are more likely to walk for leisure purposes than both non-pet owners and people who own pet cats.
Several recent studies found that adults aged 60 and over enjoy better health thanks to the “enforced” exercise they get by walking their dogs.
Over a week, the time spent walking may in itself be sufficient to meet WHO recommendations of at least 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity.
Children that are exposed to dogs while still in the womb had a Lower risk of getting Eczema in early childhood. Also, children exposed to certain bacteria carried by dogs experienced a reduction of asthma symptoms.
A happy pup makes people feel good
The most intuitive benefit of sharing your life and home with a happy pup is that they give you a feel-good vibe almost immediately.
It is very difficult not to cheer up, even after a hard day’s work, when you are greeted with the vocal enthusiasm of a friendly dog. This is due to the effect of the “love hormone” oxytocin. Our oxytocin levels shoot on interaction with dogs. This is the hormone largely responsible for social bonding. The hormonal “love injection” boosts our psychological well-being.
Dog owners have more positive social interactions and that the presence of canine friends makes people more trusting and also more deserving of trust.
Dogs appear to reduce symptoms of depression and render people more resilient to stress. That’s why dogs are often used as therapy animals. Dogs make people feel good. Their only job is to help stressed people feel better.
Therapy dogs can improve the psychological health of children going through cancer therapy. They can also help individuals diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) deal with symptoms and even prevent the onset of PTSD episodes.
What this can teach us
Happy pups could also give us clues and open new avenues of research when it comes to clinical research concerning our own health problems.
There we go WOOF!!