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Reaching Out With Paw and Hand

Updated: May 19, 2021

It is well known (and even scientifically proven) that dogs are really a man's best friend... and free therapist? Who else will listen to you for hours on end for free with no complaining or judgement and still be waiting at the door everyday for you to get home.

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Pleasant interactions with dogs (and other pets for that matter) can have significant benefits on your mental health and your physical health.


Some benefits of having a dog can be...

  • Releasing endorphins

  • Provides anxiety relief

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Can lower physical pain

  • Improve cardiovascular health

  • Can aid in overcoming speech and emotional disorders among children (by increasing attention span and coordination)

  • Promotes exercise

  • Promotes socializing

  • Encourages communications and aids in social support

  • Provides comfort

  • Reduces boredom and loneliness

  • Can aid in lessening depression symptoms

  • Provides a companion which allows people to feel less isolated and alienated


So yes, this blog is exactly what you think is it... a valid list of excuses to get another dog, because you can never roverdose on too many dogs!


Reminder: any questions or concerns about benefits of pet therapy on mental or physical health should be discussed with a licensed doctor.


Stay Paw-esome!



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