Is It True? Do Dogs Relieve Stress?

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If you have ever known the joy of having a four-legged fur ball love you unconditionally then I don’t have to tell you how happy and loved they make you feel.

When the rest of the world is to busy to care your dog will always be there letting you know he/she cares by laying his/her head or paw on your leg or arm or however your fur baby shows you affection almost instantly relaxing you.

Do dogs relieve stress? It is true, it is so true that dogs relieve stress that science now supports the FACT that dogs DO RELIEVE stress.

Studies have found that dogs do much more than just relieve stress for not only their humans but almost any human that comes in contact with them even if you aren’t a dog owner.

MENTAL HEALTH

Dogs help relieve stress in many ways every day by boosting our mental health which is part of our stress factor.

Self Esteem:

Studies have been done that show pet owners have higher self-esteem than non-pet owners. Higher self-esteem means less fearful and more focused which decreases stress levels.

Touch:

If you have a dog or cat then you are well aware that pets thrive on being loved on and touched this being especially beneficial to the many folks who live alone.

It’s a  known fact that physical touch builds trust, decreases violence, boosts the immune system, and reduces stress.

Focus:

Pets help to keep us focused on the present keeping us in the moment which reduces stress connected to the past and the potential future things we usually can’t control anyway.

Laugh:

We all know that laughter is the best medicine. If you don’t own a pet you are missing out on all kinds of goofiness to laugh about. Not a day goes by that our dogs don’t have us rolling in laughter.

PHYSICAL HEALTH:

How do dogs relieve stress physically? Stress is a reflection of both our mental and physical health.

Exercise:

Studies have shown that pet owners more specifically dog owners on average get more exercise which helps reduce depression and stress.

Those of us who own dogs are more likely to walk regularly and play outside with them giving us much needed exercise.

Blood Pressure:

Those who have pets on average have lower blood pressure.

Studies have proven that just petting a cat or dog or even just being in the same room or looking at them is positively linked to a drop in blood pressure.

Scientific Facts:

Petting, playing with and even snuggling with your dog or cat can increase levels of oxytocin a stress-reducing hormone and decrease cortisol the stress hormone, the result being of course dogs do relieve stress.

CONCLUSION:

The question isn’t do dogs relieve stress any more the question is what other amazing things do dogs do for humans?

The FACT that dogs relieve stress is just one of the many benefits to owning a dog.

Dog truly is man or woman’s best friend always looking out for us it’s only fair we care for them in the way they deserve and make their short time on earth the very best happy life possible.

Does your pal seem to know when you are stressed out and what does he/she do to help your stress level? Please share with us how your dog helps reduce your stress?

Maybe you don’t even realize that it’s happening your pooch may do something as simple as sitting with you as you pet him/her or maybe they do something that you can’t help but laugh about.

We want to hear you and your pal’s story in the comment section below so feel free to give your dog the props he/she deserves for everything they do for you.

8 thoughts on “Is It True? Do Dogs Relieve Stress?

  1. I think pets make us feel so loved and validated. But of course, it is a dog that is a man’s best friend and they are so intuitive – that they end up changing even our personalities for the better

    1. Hello Mariella,

      You are right completely when you say pets meaning any pet to a degree will improve one’s state of mind but yes studies have shown people benefit more so from dogs with cats being a close runner up.

      Dogs are just an amazing animal, I know our dogs make me want to be the best human I can be for them.

      Thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts, I hope you come back again soon.

      Best Wishes
      Lisa Waa-Adame

  2. Hey,

    I had no idea that dogs can relieve stress. A few members of my family have dogs, and a few friends. No wonder they love being with them and taking them for walks, it relieves their stress.

    Great article, which I have forwarded on to my dog loving friends and family. I think they would benefit from your post and your site.

    Thanks for sharing.

    All the best,

    Tom

    1. Hi Tom,

      Not only do dogs help relieve the stress they have found that dogs benefit our health in many different ways stress is just the beginning another one of the many things they help is our immune system.

      You Know they did find that even non-dog owners benefitted from petting and playing with a friend or neighbor’s dog so your friend’s dogs can help lower your stress as well, take advantage of the free therapy if you can.

      I’m glad you were able to learn something new about dogs from this post and thank you for sharing with your dog-loving friends We are a brand new website and can use all the help we can get spreading our name around.

      Best Wishes,
      Lisa Waa-Adame

  3. Since I have been a dog owner my entire life I recommend anyone who loves dogs should own a dog for companionship and stress relief, you can’t be anxious when your dog is always making you smile and laugh. I did go a few years without a dog, and I did experience an increase in my anxiety from stress.

    So if you can add a dog to your home,

    Jeff

    1. Hello Jeff,

      I couldn’t agree more, our dogs keep us laughing almost all day especially my fattyboy he can make my husband laugh to tears no matter the mood of my husband, and believe me when I tell you that saves everyone in our house a lot of stress,lol.

      If you have never experienced lifw with a dog you are seriously missing out on something special.

      Thank you for leaving your input Jeff,
      Best Wishes
      Lisa Waa-Adame

  4. Hi Iwaa,

    What a beautiful post! It is all so true, animals can help us to relieve stress and anxiety and can improve our mental health and overall quality of life.

    Kind regards,

    Yoana

    1. ‘Hello Yoana,
      Dogs are definitely an amazingly wonderful animal and they are doing more studies and finding more and more scientifically proven health benefits associated with dog ownership.

      Thank you so much for stopping and reading this post I am so glad you liked it, I hope you visit us again, I’m always happy to hear everyone’s thoughts.

      Best Wishes
      Lwaa

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