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For many pet owners, there’s no better feeling than seeing an excited pup who’s thrilled to greet their human. The best part? The feeling is reciprocal. It’s no secret that people have strong connections with their dogs. Canines are loyal, loving, and can provide endless entertainment and earn your adoration at all stages of their lives. Dogs are historic companions, with human and canine relationships dating back thousands of years. There’s also psychology and science to this bond, and the friendship between humans and dogs is emotional, and biological. Keep reading to better understand why dogs and humans have a love for one another that lasts forever!
Where does the history of a dog begin? DNA analysis points to somewhere between 20 – 40 thousand years ago when wolves began hunting in close proximity of humans and arguably began their path to domestication. There’s no definitive proof of the exact time or reason wolves started cozying up to humans, but many historians believe that aggressive wolves were killed and more passive “friendly” wolves were tolerated and ultimately assimilated into human life. Though grim, this history led to a companionship that helped humans survive and ultimately gain one of the greatest gifts on earth – dogs.
Dogs can brighten anyone’s day, but it’s more than just the wag of a tail or a wet kiss. Countless studies have shown that dogs help people maintain a more optimistic outlook on life, stay positive during times of duress, and can even lessen symptoms of anxiety and depression. Spending time with dogs increases levels of oxytocin, a.k.a. the love hormone, which is a neurotransmitter that calms the nervous system and relaxes muscles. So love on your dog whenever possibly – it’s good for both of you!
Responsible pet owners take their dogs for regular walks and engage in regular activity, which is good for everyone involved. Whether out for a jog, walk, or just playing in the house, dogs can be the catalyst for a healthy lifestyle. Clinical studies have even shown that dog owners typically have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing heart-related illnesses. In short, dogs are incredibly healthy!
If you’re thinking about bringing a dog into your life, contact It’s A Dog’s World for a free training consultation to ensure you both get off on the right paw – or foot! www.itsadogsworld.biz.