Research published this month confirmed what dog-lovers have always known; that dog-ownership is good for your health, can reduce stress, and according to one study, can reduce the risk of an early death by 24%.
Our four-legged friends have long been used to support vulnerable people with specific health needs. Therapy dogs are used to help people with post-traumatic stress disorder, and some dogs have even been trained to sniff out cancer. People who have suffered strokes or heart attacks are also more likely not to die from these ailments if they get a dog to help them to recover. Doctors in California, USA have reportedly even started prescribing dog ownership as a way to help their patients to live longer.
So why are pooch therapies so good for us? A Swedish study published this month found that being around a dog had a calming effect on people with high blood pressure. Petting and playing with a dog is even more beneficial. Dogs also need to be walked, so getting out in the fresh air, walking briskly a few times a day, is a great way to increase energy levels and to build in exercise into a daily routine.
Even for people with no specific health need, the act of caring for a dog can reduce stress and improve general emotional and physical well-being.
Of course, if you welcome a pooch into your life, you want to make sure they have that their health is taken care of too. Our Canine Nutrition Diploma Course is a great way to ensure that your dog is at their best. Why not download it now?