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Joyful Dogs

By Joy Parker
Sept. 7, 2017 at 11:24 a.m.


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Study highlight health benefits of dog ownership

Dog owning outdoorsmen already know that the advantages of owing a canine go way beyond putting game in the bag. But according to a recent study published in the journal Psycosomatic Medicine,dogs officially make you healthier and happier and there's data prove it.

The study, conducted by University of British Columbia professor Stanley Coren, author of How to Speak Dog, illustrated that a friendly dog close by will lower a person's blood pressure, slow heart rate and cause muscles to relax-all signs of reduced stress. While similar results can be achieved in days or weeks with prescription medications, the effects of a dog's presence can take place in five minutes.

According to canada.com a growing body of research shows that dog owners take fewer trips to the doctor's office, are more active, and are less likely to suffer from depression.

The benefits aren't limited to adults, however. Children who live with dogs are less likely to develop animal-related allergies and eczema.

Basic obedience training is recommended after introducing a new dog into your home and family. This ensures a warm and confident bond between the new member of the pack with the family. A well trained dog with good manners is a happy dog, who knows his boundaries, and is eager to please the family members.

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