Can A Dog Cure Your Depression?

Many studies have pointed to animals reducing tension and improving mood. But I don’t need studies to know that dogs can help cure depression. Check out some of the ways you might not have thought about that a dog can help you kick depression to the curb.

Being Responsible

Ever feel like you can’t move? Like you’re stuck… Well, that’s pretty common. The responsibility of taking care of a dog will at a bare minimum get you up and moving. The sense of responsibility gives you something to live for. I know, light-hearted stuff… Even if you may not feel like it, you may find yourself putting the leash on the pup and taking a stroll around the block getting you the fresh air and exercise that you need.

Unconditional Love

Yeah, that’s the wagging tail you’ve come to know and love. It’s the “Honey, I am home” from the black and white T.V. shows. A dog’s love is just something that is difficult to measure or understand. They just love you! Priceless, really.

Chores

What? Chores… c’mon… really? Yeah! Getting into a routine where you have to take care of the dog, clean their bowls, brush their teeth, bath them, clean up the doo-doo etc., is enough to get your depressed behind of the couch.

Touch

We need touch as humans to feel connected. Studies have shown that petting a dog can lower your heart rate. Research from the University of Missouri-Columbia suggests that hormonal changes occur when humans and dogs interact may help people with depression and certain stress-related disorders. Preliminary results from a study show that a few minutes of touching our pet dog releases “feel good” hormones, including serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin.
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Overall Better Health

Yeah, it’s true. From lower blood pressure to reduced stress hormones and all those happy brain chemicals have been related to dog ownership.

Get Social

Not social media people. Going to the dog park and hanging out with other dog owners might have you striking up a conversation that you never would have had without that wonderful dog.

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Can a dog cure your depression? In short, YEAH! So, if you already have a dog, you rock. If not, they might be the key to a happier life. If you are thinking about getting a dog, I’d love it if you’d consider adopting! Get inspired to adopt a dog with these Rescue Dog Quotes.

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