Why Dogs are Good for Our Physical and Mental Health

Updated: May 15

Dogs and Mental Health

I realised through the various lockdowns that we have had over the last year that our cocker spaniel was so good for our family. We have had Quinn for over 2 years and he creates a sense of calm.

I have been thinking about what is it in particular that makes us all feel calmer when Quinn is around?

Why are dogs good for our health?

Reduced stress levels and reduced blood pressure levels

Research shows that by petting a dog, our cortisol stress levels go down. Blood pressure levels go down. This in turn contributes to a healthy heart.

Better physical activity levels

Owning a dog can help you get more active if you take your dog out for a daily walk. A study from Japan indicated that dog walkers did more physical activity than non-dog walkers.

Longer lifespan

In a Swedish study, dog owners compared to the dogless over a period of 12 years. The study found that people with dogs were less likely to die of cardiovascular disease as well as other causes. Other factors such as age, body mass, and socioeconomic status were taken into consideration.

Beneficial for depression

As dogs are great at encouraging owners to get exercise, this can be beneficial for those suffering from depression.

Depression may be linked to loneliness and evidence shows that owning a dog makes us feel less lonely.

Helps with anxiety

Walking a dog can help people who experience anxiety. This is because exercise and keeping active are important ways to help combat anxious thoughts.

Dogs can also have calming effects on their owner. Just by stroking, or playing with their dog, the mind will start to relax. This helps with anxiety.

Increased social engagement

People with dogs are more socially engaged with other people.

A study shows dogs can help create human-to-human friendships and social support, both of which are good for long-term health. Many dog walkers routinely meet neighbours, other dog walkers, or strangers on their rambles.

As well as all these benefits, caring for a dog gives your day purpose and reward, and a sense of achievement. It also helps you feel valuable and needed.

I was somebody who thought long and hard about getting a dog. I didn't want to have such a commitment just because I was being pestered by the children, but I am so glad we got our gorgeous cocker spaniel, Quinn.

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Naziana x