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How Fido Can Boost Your Mood

Dogs have been people's best friends for thousands of years. According to a current study, dogs emerged as descendants of wolves about 27,000 to 40,000 years ago, and it didn’t take long for humans to domesticate them. Each breed had its own specific job to fulfill, such as hunting, rescue, and herding dogs. However, some dogs do still have their own roles to fulfill today, they are mostly home bodies. So, how does having a dog at home affect your mental health?

Depression and Anxiety

As people are suffering more and more with mental health issues, a greater number of pets are getting hired as therapy dogs. Maybe it's because humans are social beings. With the current state of the world and the pandemic, it's hard to socialize, which causes us to get lonely and oftentimes depressed. Having a furry friend allows individuals to have company and inhibits them to practice self-care, as they promote a healthy life-style. Even just sitting next to a dog and petting them, provides someone with a sense of relief and tranquility. Curling up on the coach with you pup or playing with them can also help prevent loneliness.


The American Psychological Association examined the effects dogs have on their owners self-esteem, and found people living and caring for a dog had greater self-esteem. This may be due to one’s generosity and unconditional towards the animal that makes them feel wanted and happy. Or, maybe it's due to their unconditional love for humans as well. We never feel judged by a dog, or their ego getting in the way of the relationship. Dogs are amazing on the inside, causing us to gain more confidence as a result.