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.
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...
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)
Encourages communications and aids in social support
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.