Puppies and dogs are the talk of the office most of the time, we are very much dog lovers. The number of dogs we own between us and the amount of staff at Link3 is pretty much the same number. That is how much we love dogs and what better day to talk about them than on National Puppy Day on the 23rd March. Due to the Coronavirus worries, owning a dog could be extremely beneficial now too, as a lot of us are working from home. In this blog post I want to talk about the benefits of owning a puppy/dog, especially for children.
“The human-animal bond bypasses the intellect and goes straight to the heart and emotions and nurtures us in ways that nothing else can.” – Karin Winegar.
Dogs can help children and adults cope with a variety of mental health issues such as depression, emotional disorders, anxiety and many more, therefore having a positive affect on your mental health. A dog can simply comfort you when you are feeling down or anxious, people have said that their dog is the reason they get out of bed every morning. They are always happy to see you, making you happy yourself and putting you in a positive mood. Many people who are depressed are also lonely, having a dog is a great way to feel less lonely and isolated, especially when you are out on a walk meeting other dog walkers. Having a dog also means that there are certain duties that you must fill everyday such as feeding and walking your dog. It can be hard to take care of yourself when you are low but owning a dog means that you can get some form of routine implemented in your life.
If a child is struggling with their mental health, a dog can easily boost their mood and help them feel better. A dog can be a child’s best friend. If a child is being bullied or doesn’t have many friends, a dog is the perfect companion to make a child know that there is someone there for them and always happy to see them.
There are so different types of service dogs and they are all brilliant, but I am going to be focusing on service dogs that look after young people that struggle with their mental health. A psychiatric service dog (PSD) is a specific type of service animal trained to assist those with mental illnesses. These include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. These dogs are wonderful and very well trained. An example of how a dog may assists a child with PTSD is doing room searches or turning on lights. An example of how a dog may assist someone with an anxiety disorder is making sure they are safe, not hurting themselves and comforting them whilst they are having an anxiety or panic attack.
Teaching your child to look after a living creature
Introducing your young child to a dog can be difficult at first but it has many benefits. You have to teach your child how to behave around a dog and how to look after them. Not only does this improve their social skills but it also teaches them to look after another living creature, helping them grow as a person and developing their childhood responsibility. Children learn how to nurture a dog and learn that loving another creature is much more than just playing with it. Owning a dog can also introduce your child to death and grief, which at some point is a very important stage in their life.
Improving your overall health
Statistics show that owning a dog can help improve our health. There have been many studies that show that owning a dog can lower your blood pressure and a study was conducted in 2002 that showed couples who owned a dog displayed lower blood pressure than those who do not. How amazing is that? It has also been shown that children who are raised with dogs are far less likely to develop allergies and wheezing.
These are just some of the many reasons how owning a dog can be beneficial for your health. There are many more and if you would like to read more about these topics, please visit this website https://www.dogowner.co.uk/. I hope you enjoyed reading this!
Remember to stay safe everyone, love the Link3 Team xx