The Canine Therapy

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Time’s tyranny cannot be overcome and with the passage of time, our generation only sees a rise in competition, lowered job opportunities, lowered salaries, inflation in the economy and extremely high stress levels that finally take a toll on our personal relationships. Battling the stress is essential and at times it seems impossible to overcome grief and frustration that overwhelm us to the core. So how we come out of this ever expanding mental rut? The hit when the stress hits the ceiling and you start howling and crying, that is the wake up call. You need a break or something to divert your mind from your crazy work schedule and oppressive work hours. Get a pet! Believe me it will change your life completely! However, if you plan on buying one and not taking care of it at all then STOP READING RIGHT NOW. This is not for heartless people who keep pets to reinforce their purchasing capacity.

This is for all the children and all the stressed out people who need a little care and need a reason to smile. Nothing can make you smile better than a little Golden Retriever or a Beagle. I am sure most of you know about the puppy therapy that has been adopted by various colleges in the States just to help minimize stress levels for the students during semester exams. From Kent State University in Ohio to Macalester College in Minnesota have puppies and canines that help the “zombies” crack up when they start licking their faces or run away with their books, right before their semester exams.

1. Pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression as compared to those without pets.
2. People with pets have lower blood pressure in stressful situations.
3. Playing with a pet increases levels of Serotonin and Dopamine, thereby calming the mind and reducing anxiety.
4. Heart attack patients with pets survive longer than those without.
5. They eradicate loneliness and the resultant grief.
6. Increasing our exercise routine since they need to walk as well.
7. Pets are people magnets, so in a way they really help you socialise as no one can overlook their cuteness.
8. They boost endorphins and oxytocin which keep you smiling and laughing all the time.
9. They act as guards, and provide protection, especially the trained canines. They are also beneficial for blind people since they            are trained to guide them.
10. Outdoor activities become a necessity since your pet requires it. Which is also a much better substitute for watching television.

CRIMINALS:
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Pets have had extremely positively effects even on hardened criminals in prison. For many of them, spending time with a pet was the first experience of mutual affection. They developed feelings of affection and care from close contact with pets. The very reason pets are therapeutic is because they fulfil our basic human need to touch, also the fact that dogs are loyal and loving creatures just makes them even more inviting. Not to mention the fur balls are absolutely adorable!

ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS:
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Pets have also proved to be extremely beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients. Alzheimer’s patients exhibit a wide range of behavioural problems mostly because of stress. Research at University of California, Davis School concluded that patients suffering from Alzheimer’s or Dementia show reduced stress levels and therefore less behavioural problems with pets around. Pets provide a source of non verbal communication and helps sooth the aggressive behaviour of the patient just with a smooth touch.

CHILDREN:
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Pets have the best reaction on children. It makes them more responsible, caring and compassionate. Unlike parents pets are never critical, so they are the constant source of love, care and attention for the children which gives them a sense of security. Having an ever present pet can reduce the anxiety related to separation, especially when the parents are not around. Pets also help calm hyperactive or aggressive kids. Playing with pets provide the ultimate relaxation for mind and body.

Not only are canines good for mind and body, somehow they create a bond with us and become as important as a family member. My Golden Retriever, Kiah is like my daughter, I cannot imagine my life without her snoring next to me, waking me up in the morning with her usual slobbering, and chucking attitude when she smells another dog on me. They make us care, they make us affectionate and all you need is a hug from a big furry dog to make you feel better about life. They know when you cry, they wont leave you when you are low, they will protect you from harm and they will love you more than anybody else in the world. Because you are their prime concern. Pets are loyal and important, because they teach the children the value of perseverance and patience. They will guard your secrets and carry them to their graves. All they need is a little love and care.  Canine therapy is a certified stress buster, but it is more than that. It is a certified source for happiness and has too many benefits to note down. Guys just do me a favour and spend a day with a friend’s dog, you will know the difference.