Can Having A Dog Positively Affect Your Brain?
Yes! Dog ownership can be one of the most rewarding things you could ever do, for you and that dog. There are hundreds of research papers out there that determine things like people’s stress levels, anxiety, and even depression. Pet ownership can be a big deterrent in something like that and could lead to a much happy and healthier life.
I recently adopted a dog, his name is Pinto. He is a one-year-old Australian Cattle dog. I can tell you that he is one of the most influential things in my life. Ever since I got him all I can think about is how I can get him a big back yard so he can run around and play.
Stress used to be a big part of my life, and to some extent it still it. When I got home from work I had no way to truly relax. Other than sitting back and watching some TV or taking a nap. But now I have an outlet that lets me have fun, companionship, relieve stress and even get some exercise. We go on at least two 45-60 minute walks on a daily biases plus throw around the toys all the time!
I can’t say that I’ve had a lot of anxiety in my life. But I have had enough to where it was noticeable in my daily life. Pinto has helped me cut that down, especially when I’m at home. But when I’m not I can always just look at my phone screen where I see his smiling face look back up at me. It helps me get through my day and reduces my stress and anxiety levels.
Like most college students I have had my fair share of depression. Dogs are great at helping people getting rid of the feeling of depression. It’s just hard to feel depressed around an animal that has endless amounts of love and compassion for their human owners.
In a previous article I went a little more in-depth into the effects of how exactly dog ownership can help stimulate your mental health. Needless to say, getting a dog was one of the best choices I ever made.