More Than Just An Animal Written by owen a. sherman

Dog's are some of the most loving pets in the world. They are lot more than just a simple animal or pet. You may not realize it but your dog has more of an effect on you than you may think.

A dog and his owner

Having a family dog enhances the quality of a person's life. There is evidence that animal companionship reduces loneliness and gives a person a sense of well being (Sable, 1995). Pets can influence people in ways that are different from human relationships. People are highly influenced by dogs because dogs have an unconditional love and friendship that many people can not get from other humans. The presence of pets increases feelings of happiness, security, and it reduces the feelings of loneliness (Sable, 1995). Dogs can fill a person's emotional needs which can sometimes be substituted for the loss of a particular human attachment, or it can add to certain social contacts that enhance specific pleasures in life.

Dogs can also physically help humans as well. A study that was conducted in Australia suggested that pet owners had lower blood pressure and cholesterol than people that did not own pets (University of California, 1994). It has been proven that no matter what people's health problems or economic status is; people that own dogs make fewer visits to their doctors.

Dogs have a big impact on the development of children. Children who own dogs score higher on tests of popularity, social skills, and compassion for others. Dr. Victoria Raveis interviewed children who had inadequate human contact and found that children age six to eleven who owned pets had a higher self esteem and lower anxiety than those children in the same age group that did not have a dog (Witherell, 1995). Young children need to know that they are being loved unconditionally and consistently. Children find this in dogs and they are often more comfortable sharing feelings with the animal. It has also been suggested that children who own pets have a better time maintaining relationships with peers especially in grade school (National Institute of Health, 1987).

Dog's are also used in professional ways like Service and Assistance Work. Mobility Assistance, Hearing Dogs, Guide Dogs, Seizure Alert. Therapy Work, Therapy dogs are certified comforters, providing a calming presence to individuals in hospitals, nursing homes and in other stressful situations. Search and Rescue, Trained Search and Rescue dogs can detect the scent of missing individuals through the wilderness. Herding, Many breeds have worked alongside humans driving various kinds of livestock including cattle, sheep, reindeer and fowl. Sled Dogs, In Alaska sled dogs delivered medications and supplies to isolated towns. Guarding and Watchdogs, Dogs can be used to guard just about anything, a dog could watch over livestock, Watch Dogs use their bark to ward off danger. Water Rescue, Some dog's are trained to rescue humans in the water. Police work, Police dogs can play many roles including enforcing public order, detection, search and rescue and cadaver detection.

Works Cited

“The Benefits of Pets for Human Health - National Center for Health Research .” National Center For Health Research, 9 Aug. 2016, center4research.org/healthy-living-prevention/pets-and-health-the-impact-of-companion-animals/. Accessed 7 Apr. 2017.

“Home.” Benefits of the Human-Animal Bond, petpartners.org/learn/benefits-human-animal-bond/. Accessed 7 Apr. 2017.

“The Psychological Benefits That Dogs Have On Humans.” The Psychological Benefits That Dogs Have On Humans, www.beaglesunlimited.com/other/psychological-benefits-dogs-have-humans. Accessed 7 Apr. 2017.

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