28 September 2017 by Iqa
Wondering what difference a pet pooch could bring to your family and home? Ask any dog owner this, and they’d give you a long list of ways their furry friend has made their homes and lives much better.
Dogs are also known to be effective in lessening symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), a psychological condition that may arise as an after-effect of serious injury or abuse, or from witnessing a traumatic event. Dogs help PTSD sufferers rebuild trust and confidence through their inherently trustworthy nature. They respond well to authoritative relationships, allowing those with PTSD to regain a sense of control and self-worth.
Dog slobber could do us all a healthy favour by helping our bodies develop healthy bacteria that boost our immune systems - meaning you’ll probably fall ill a lot less with a dog at home. According to a 2004 study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, dogs also lower a child’s chance of becoming allergic to pets by up to 33%, so your kids will develop better resilience against allergies as they grow up with their puppy pal.
Did you know that a dog’s sense of smell is 100,000 times stronger than a human’s? For example, the human nose has an average of around 5 million scent receptors while a Dachshund has about 125 million. This is how they can actually sniff out certain types of cancer and even blood sugar crashes in humans!
Need to lose that beer belly? Regular walks and runs in the park are excellent ways to both bond with your canine companion and keep your physical health in check. Just don’t try racing a Greyhound on foot – at top speed, they can run up to 43 mph (For scale, Usain Bolt’s world record speed clocks in at 28mph).
Dan has been living around dogs since he was a baby. His current dog is a female boxer who listens meticulously well and is one of the most joyful and well-behaved dogs he ever had.
A casual dog admirer who believes that all dogs go to heaven, and that semper fidelis is a motto lived by all canine companions. Aunt to a precious Boxer.