Over the years, the love and interaction between humans and dogs has become so accepted that they are termed "Man’s best friend". The level of relationship and care given by one to the other is virtually unrivalled. Like humans, dogs need personal care but how important is the interaction between Humans and our best friends?
Research has shown that in many cases, playing with your dog and even talking to them can improve both their health and recovery process. Strange, right? Bristol university released a study that showed that Dogs who do not engage in play can suffer from Anxiety, a huge mental illness which increases the body’s susceptibility to attacks. Although some people (usually those poor people without pets to love) may find it odd to hear you talking to your dog, the truth is that talking and playing with your dog is very important in helping your pets stay healthy.
Play is fun for dogs
Be it humans or animals, fun activities are a quick way for the body to get back to shape, eases anxiety, and give the body good room to work effectively. Stress can worsen the case of ill health as observed in both humans and animals. It is why rest from strenuous activities is advised during period of ill health. Play and fun is an excellent way of relieving the dog and putting it in good mood. Playing with your dog is also one of the best ways for both of your to get exercise.
Experts have advised that exercise not only helps pets stay healthy and active so they are less likely to have joint or leg injuries, but also reduces the risk of obesity, which is a health problem of its own. In the US, a shocking 55.8% of dogs were classified as overweight or obese, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) 2018 study. Fit Dogs are healthier and live for 15% more than their unfit counterparts.
Attention and affection
When looking for a pet, most people seek the one that gives them the most attention and affection. In humans, when we get attention and affection it helps to quicken recovery levels for even the toughest of ailments. It is observed that when there is a willingness to fight for recovery from within, the treatment regimens on the outside are more likely to work. This is because affection increases the circulation of the “happy” hormone which relaxes the body and allows the treatment to work stress free.
Good Health is as much a state of mental as physical wellbeing. Talking, giving regular attention, and providing mental challenges helps improve both yours and your dog's thinking and mental capacity. This kind of stimulation makes it easier to prevent against future health issues. Mental Grit helps in combating Illness as it tends to improve physical grit.
Dogs just love us
Dogs like to be around humans. Talking and playing with them takes away the idleness and boredom that goes against their natural way of life. When you talk to your dog, it stimulates their brain, and provides mental stimulation which not only helps keep them healthy, but also aids in recovery of sick animals. It is important to note that just like babies who are not conversant with the English language, untrained dogs would prefer humans to speak in “Doggy” tones to them. For dogs that like body contact, play and immediate contact keep them warm and calm. Scientist have even observed that the fluffy hair of dogs calms the nerves of humans and vice versa.
And don't forget your pets when you travel. Traveling with your best friend can be a wonderful and rewarding experience that helps you bond and also opens up the world in new and exciting ways as you get to see it from your dog's point of view. Lastly, did we mentioned that fresh air is also very important in keeping healthy? So get up, take a walk with your dog in the park, explore new places, have a chat, and enjoy the power of bonding with your best friend.
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