By Jon Bastian
As more and more research is being done, one thing has become much clearer: Pets are good for us, especially dogs, from benefiting our social lives to maintaining and improving our physical and mental health.
Using dogs for specific therapies is nothing new. The idea of dogs leading the blind may go back as far as the 16th century, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote in her 19th century novel “Aurora Lee,” “The blind man walks wherever the dog pulls...”
We do know that the first guide dogs specifically for the blind were trained in Germany at the end of World War I, and the first mental health service dog, a Yorkie named Smoky, was found by a soldier near the end of World War II and served as a therapy dog for soldiers for twelve years.
So why did it take us so long to figure out that dogs in the household have other benefits? Probably because they made an abrupt transition from outside working dogs to inside family members after World War II and, while we instinctively knew they were good to have around, it took science a while to actually determine the reasons why.
Here are five benefits of having a dog that you may not have been aware of.
The above are just a few of the overall benefits of owning a dog as they relate to health and happiness, but there are many other reasons. Dogs provide home security, of course, and they also provide a source of entertainment and comfort. Dogs can also teach responsibility to children and adults, and can be trained to assist people with mental or physical handicaps.
Maybe it’s time to rewrite that old adage — a dog in your day keeps the doctor away!
What are some of the benefits your dogs bring into your life? Share your story with us in the comments!
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