With the majority of January behind us, and the rest of January forecast with relatively milder temperatures, this is an optimum time to get behind that New Years resolution you made and move forward! As in steppin’ out, get movin’, go for a walk, take Fido and be on your way to a healthier new year and new you !
Happy New Year To You And Your Pet
Most of us set New Years Resolutions to get healthy and happy in the new year. But as a pet owner… it’s your job to make resolutions for your pet (they don’t have thumbs and can’t write down goals).
Just as human friends can make you happy in the deepest ways, so too can the furry variety. Dog owners are as emotionally close to their dogs as they are to their closest family members
While your sister (like mine) might not be pleased to hear that, it’s good to know that pet ownership has many benefits.
When your dog starts wagging his tail, it’s hard to obsess about that pile of paperwork you just left on your desk at work. Studies have shown that after completing stressful tasks, and then spending 30 minutes with a dog, individuals’ brain waves, blood pressure, heart rate, salivary, cortisol and self-reported stress levels show a marked decrease.
Researchers have also found reduced stress levels in owners interacting with their dogs after stressful tasks, compared with interacting with friends and spouses. (So I guess it is safe to say that human to dog interactions are less stressful therefore, than interacting with a friend or spouse – tell that to my husband and he will surely feel inferior to our dog !)
Dogs get you stepping out and moving – especially if you have a pup. Dogs require at least 30 minutes of exercise a day and that just so happens to be about how many minutes humans need, too. Dog owners are 34 percent more likely to meet federal guidelines for exercise, according to a 2011 study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health. And exercise is a proven mood booster: In a Norwegian study, people who exercised had better mental health than those who were sedentary. Another study suggested that walking briskly for 30 minutes could have a significant impact on mild to moderate depression symptoms. Exercise is also great for lowering blood pressure, combating weight gain and combating stiff joints (in dogs as well as their people!)
Researchers have found a reduction in loneliness in pet-owning women living alone, while others have seen reduced loneliness in nursing home residents after animal-assisted activities. I can certainly attest to this fact ! My 95 year old mother recently had to stay in a rehab facility for a couple of weeks after a recent stroke. The facility had a resident golden retriever as well as a large bunny and several birds in cages scattered throughout the complex ! The short term residents were always gathered around the pets of the facility and my mom was proud to announce that she had met their lovely golden retriever, who as it it turns out, was a rescue !
But then, if you’re an animal lover, you don’t need me to tell you about that comfort you get when you’re working late into the night and your cat cozies up by your side, or when your dog gleefully greets you after a long, solitary commute and a day at the office. For me, there is no better feeling than being greeted at the door !
Sure, getting a promotion at work can give your self-image a big lift-but so can owning a dog. According to one study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, dog owners scored higher in certain well-being categories, including self-esteem, than non pet owners.
Because pets can decrease loneliness, anxiety and depression, there’s a good chance dog owners will feel more self-assured. And, when faced with social rejection, dog owners are better equipped to stay upbeat and keep negative feelings at a minimum.
My Final Thoughts
I cannot think of any negatives of owning a pet other than the hardest part which is losing them when their time comes. It seems to me that the “pros” far outweigh the “cons” of pet ownership and we humans seem to be on the winning side of the deal !
I would love to hear your comments, feedback stories and ideas.
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