Essay on Benefits Of Dogs As Stress Relievers

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Benefits of dogs as stress relievers
There are many benefits of having dogs. Some of the positive effects, are: 1.) the loving and lasting relationship of a companion, 2.) creating an increase in trust, 3.) providing structure and a sense of responsibility. Dogs also serve many roles in medicine. They are used to: 4.) treat PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and depression, and can 5.) improve overall health, even resulting in reduced blood pressure, therefore reducing the chance for cardiac disease.

In Psychosocial and Psychophysiological Effects of Human-Animal Interactions: The Possible Role of Oxytocin, the author reviews some of the general and health benefits of companion animals for which I referred to. So, let’s look at the research pertaining to these areas, which proves dog ownership is directly correlated to a person’s well-being.

Companionship
In Psychosocial and Psychophysiological Effects of Human-Animal Interactions: The Possible Role of Oxytocin there are quite a few studies conducted to research if dogs can help people feel better. In 1996, Patricia Crowley-Robinson came to the conclusion in a 2 year study that elderly residents in a nursing home saw a decrease in depression because of a dog that resided in the home and kept the residents company. In a subsequent study in 2002, William and Marian Banks proved that patients in long-term care facilities whom received visits through animal visitation programs had reduced feelings of loneliness.…

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