A new study by the Oxford University Press states that dogs can provide better therapy to a patient for mental wellbeing. It also states having dogs positively impacts on people who want to improve their mental health. The study is the brainchild of University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute and is one of its kind. It looks into the positive aspects of dog ownership for mental health for the community.
What Lead the Researchers to Conduct this Study?
As per the researchers, mental problems have become a huge concern across the globe. It actually contributes to 14% of the total population that is suffering from diseases or conditions. Initially, the past studies have constantly focused on the physical aspects of stress-busting a dog can offer to humans. However, the psychological side was not undertaken completely.
What Did the Research Reveal?
Dogs stimulate the patient to become proactive by constantly playing and running to and fro. That’s what the lead author Assistant Professor, Dr. Hayley Christian says. He also states that dogs can help people to learn strong relationships and network building. Additionally, the human-dog relationship can also result in better healing and curing of the condition a patient is currently going through. In another statement, Dr. Christian states that there is scope for further in-depth research in the subject to have an even better understanding of how these positive impacts can be amplified in the near future.
All in all, dogs are not merely pets, they become an integral part of life, a family member. It’s always good to have someone who is loyal and generous to others and there’s no one that can define loyalty better than a dog.