5 Reasons Why Having A Dog Is Good For Your Mental Health

Having a dog is great for your mental health! Dogs can do wonders to relieve stress, anxiety and depression. They are also helpful in providing social support. And they don’t judge you or leave when you need them the most. 

In this blog post, we will talk about 5 reasons why having a dog is good for your mental health!1. Science has confirmed it!

There are so many studies confirming that pets are good for our health in general.

Research has shown that people with dogs tend to have lower rates of heart disease, depression, and anxiety than those without dogs. 

It’s also been proven that owning a pet reduces stress levels by lowering blood pressure, slowing heart rates, and relaxing tensed up muscles.

2. Having a dog beats loneliness

People who live alone can get lonely, but dogs provide the most wonderful companionship. 

Your dog loves nothing more than to be with you, whether it be out on a walk, playing in the garden or snuggling up on the sofa. You’ll never find another human being as loyal to you as your dog is.

Pets also help people feel more confident about themselves due to the boost in self-esteem they experience when interacting with an animal that loves them unconditionally.

Your dog will always greet you at the door when you come home from work or school, which is especially helpful if you’re someone who lives on their own.

Ironically, having a dog can also help you feel less lonely by helping you connect with others.

3. Social connection

Dogs are a great way to initiate conversation with other pet parents, thereby opening up the opportunity for you to meet new people and make connections.

It’s not just other pet parents either. I know so many people in my community because they stop to chat at my gate, or out on a walk, and ask about my dog. 

Pets also provide an excellent ice-breaker between humans that can be useful in social settings such as parties where introductions may not flow as easily or when meeting someone for the first time.

4. Someone to talk to

Dogs are fantastic listeners. 

I forget how many times I’ve poured my heart out to my pups. A dog will always listen to what you say, so it’s easier to express your feelings without fear of judgment or resentment.

Sometimes, we don’t really need someone to talk to, so much as needing to feel heard, to get something off our chests. 

Dogs don’t interrupt (well, some don’t…), they don’t change the subject, nor do they say “Yeah, I know how you feel, the same thing happened to me….”. They just listen.

5. Physical benefits lead to mental health benefits

Unless your dog hates going out for walks, having a dog is good for your physical health. Going out for a walk, even a gentle one, is good for you on many levels. Regular physical exercise has been shown to relieve mental stress and anxiety.

We know that inactivity can contribute to depression but going for a walk has been shown to have the opposite effect – it actually leads to feelings of happiness. Having a dog is good for your physical AND your mental health!

If your dog dislikes going out for walks – and there are some that find walks stressful – some playtime in the home will benefit both of you. Playing chase around the house, a gentle game of tug – simple games like this will have you both feeling better.

Playing with your dog also helps to lower stress-related hormones. What better excuse could you want for pet play time?

Let’s not forget too, that on a day when you really don’t feel like getting out of bed, having a dog gives you a good reason to. Having a purpose – another being to care for and look after, can give us a much-needed purpose and structure in our lives.

Conclusion 

When it comes to adding happiness and joy into your life, there are few things better than a dog. They provide the unconditional love we all so crave in this world of negativity, fear, and anxiety. 

Sure they may not be able to give you that raise or promotion at work but I guarantee no one will ever do as much for your mental health without even trying! 

If you love dogs but can’t have your own, consider helping outat a local rescue. You won’t regret it 🙂

This is a guest post written by Trey from caninecompilation.com

Yamper’s Arrival Kit

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I am so excited; I haven’t been this excited in a very long time. To start, three weekends ago, I put down my deposit for a corgi puppy. He was cute when he was three weeks now, now even cuter at four weeks. I’ve decided to share Yamper’s arrival kit with you all in case you have a puppy or a dog that you spoil too.

I can pick him up May 1st, I’m so excited. I can’t wait for his arrival; although he is 4.5 hours away in the mountains, which I love! He’s worth it with his cute furry face.

I’ve decided on the name Yamper, which for those who know is a Corgi Pokemon. I didn’t watch Pokemon until my boyfriend started the series and after I saw the little guy a few episodes in I think it’s a perfect name. Corgi’s are said to be very energetic and spunky dogs, which Yamper the Pokemon is an “electric” type so I think it fits perfectly. I’m sure he’ll have another nickname but that’ll be on his adaption papers.

My boyfriend seems to think I’m overdoing it and going overboard, but hey, everyone gets ready for a baby, right? He also told me to stop calling him my baby that he is a puppy. Well, I don’t have kids, so he is going to be my baby. 

I’ve already picked up everything (Thanks, Petsmart!) and ordered everything else (Thanks, Amazon!) that he’ll need. 

I’ve read so many puppy articles both in a search and on Pinterest that I’ve read everything on puppies there is to find on the internet. I know what to do with him for the first 48 hours I bring him home, and he misses his mom and littermates; I have mapped out a schedule, and I’ve got a few training posts pinned as he’ll be a well-behaved gentleman.

The kennel owner sends me weekly photos, which was this week’s photo out of the ten sent. This one is my favorite because you can see his face. He was either biting the box, fingers or was blurry from moving so much in the others. I call them his baby pictures, hehe. Yes, ok, I might be a little obsessed. 

Look how cute he is, though! The first picture is of him at only three weeks; the second is him at four weeks. He’s starting to look like a puppy now. 

Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Week 6

I wanted to share a few things I picked out for him; I’ll do a total review on the products once he gets here and has time to play with them, so that post should happen in May. Everything I picked out was for a puppy, except for his cate – that is for medium-sized dogs as he will be. This is only, so I don’t have to buy another one when he’s older and bigger. His breeder sent me a video (which I pulled this image from) Sunday night. He’s growing so much each week, I love seeing his progress.

I wanted to cover all of the aspects we’d be dealing with, like food, crate, toys, and treats. I ordered little Yamper a “Pup Mom Crate,” (click the link and save 20% off!) too, though, which I cant wait to see what comes inside. I wasn’t thinking about him being a puppy when I ordered it, so everything is coming for a medium dog, which he’ll grow into and that. It means I won’t have to buy a lot more toys. 

For Training

His crate is roomy, and I’ve got dividers to put up, so he feels a little safer in a smaller space, but I’ll move them out as he gets bigger. I’ve decided to use a gentle leader on him; I want to use a harness when we’re walking through. For some reason, it just makes me feel better knowing he’s not pulling his nose off of choking himself with a regular collar. They say corgis are highly food motivated (hey, me too!), so I looked around to find him some training treats. I’ve never owned a puppy, so anything makes it easier for me to train them better. 

Play Time

I wanted him to have a variety of toys, so he could figure out what he likes. I picked out a few that I thought would do the trick as they are all for puppies, and most of them are for teething too. A tug toy with a duckA stuffless squirrel with knots, an angry-looking raccoon which is a teething toy, a puppy Kong toy, of course, I got 4 of these as I can stuff them and freeze them so they’ll be ready when he’s overly active or fussy. Sweet potato spread for sealing the Kong, and puppy recipe Kong treats to fill the Kong before sealing.

Feeding time

I researched everything there is to explore the best dog food I could buy for the little pup. I went with FROMM since this is what he’s been eating. I’d thought about switching him to Purina Pro Plan for puppies though, I’ve heard good reviews but I don’t know yet. I’ll ask his vet for advice. He’s set for his second round of shots on the 17th.

I’ve decided I’ll be making his and Raylle (his older brother) their dog treats. This will come after a while, but I decided to go ahead and get the doggy molds and cookie cutters I’d need to in case I decided to do it sooner. 

Here are the recipes I’ve decided to give a try first. I wanted to do something frown since spring and summer are here in full swinging, bringing upwards of 85-degree weather already.

Homemade Treats

Strawberry & Apple Frozen Dog Treats Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Banana Dog Treats

Baby Food Dog Treats

You may think I’ve went a little overboard because I do too as well as everyone around ,e. I just want to make sure the little guy feels at home and has exactly what he needs (and I need) to make his transition easy. If you have any tips or tricks, please leave them in the comments. Since I’ve never had a puppy, I need all the help I can get!

Pup Mom Crate Review

I don’t know about you, but I myself love an excellent subscription box! I think it’s the fun of not knowing what’s coming inside the box, so when you open it, it’s like Christmas!

I came across Pup Mom Crate and couldn’t help myself. Things for my pup and me?! Yes, please! You’ll receive 5-8 items for you and your pup in the box each month (you can also choose to skip months if you’d like). These goodies are fantastic and fun! 

The box is charming, I love the attention to detail, and the colors catch your eyes and spark curiosity.

I did an unboxing for you guys with my first box so you can see the greatness that awaits. As you can see the crate was full of neat things (I’m wearing my “World’s Best Dog Mom” hat right now) for Yamper & myself.

Pup Mom Crate

Let’s start with the treats that arrived in the cute colorful box. Although Yamper is only nine weeks old, I did a little research to see if he could have these delectable delights. As I stated before, I got him a “medium” box instead of a “small” crate. The Side By Side Salmon & Sweet Potato chewy treats will be saved until he’s a little older. The Side By Side website states the treats are for happy, energetic, strong stomaches, and pink tongues. Since he’s only a puppy, these will wait until he’s adapted to everything and the foods we feed him. The Vitakraft Meaty Morsels don’t state if they’re for puppies or not, but I think those will wait until he’s a little older too.

Onto the toys, the fun part! He got a ball that glows in the dark, which will be fun when we go camping this summer if he’s big enough to play with it by then (I’m disappointed in me that I ordered the wrong size box). The other toy is an alien from Alien Flex that is soft and squeaky. Yes, it scared me when I picked it up to squeeze it and didn’t realize it squeaked. In the picture is the awesome tumbler they sent.

Next up are the fun gifts for me, the pup mom. I got an awesome Tumbler (that I’m using for my 2nd chocolate mocha – this thing is 16oz’s) that says “send dog pics,” A hair wrap for after a shower, and a “Dog Mom Parking Only” sign. All of which will get used after a walk or a day outside.

There is such a wide variety of toys, treats, and accessories on the market for puppies and dogs today it can be hard to decide which is best for your pet. Be curious about what’s in the treats and foods you give them to keep them safe, happy, and healthy.

I like ordering subscription boxes because everything is researched and defined. You’ll find subscription boxes most of the time cater to a specific need like sensitive skin to gut health.

Use this link to take 20% off your first box (in all transparency: crates are $39.99 each month you decide not to skip. I am not an affiliate of this company), plus you can also see if they’re giving away any freebies for that month, which is an even bigger win!