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Caissie Canine Instruction: Why are Dogs good for your Health?

We begin this week’s “RUFF TAILS” featuring a beautiful 6-month-old Rottweiler named Figo.

Hi everyone, I am Figo. I love being surrounded by my human sisters, Brielle 10, Carissa 9, and Emmeline 4. I also love tug-of-war, tag, and belly rubs.

I do not like long walks or the heat. My family says I am calm and have an affectionate temperament. I LOVE all dogs and all people. HEE! HEE!

Welcome to Doggie Dialogue:

Dogs can definitely play an important role in your physical, emotional, and mental health.

Dogs can keep us physically fit and improve our cardiovascular health, as we take them out for walks, hikes, or play. Many dogs require an exercise schedule and a regular feeding schedule.

Children who grow up with dogs tend to have a lower risk of allergies and asthma. Children learn responsibility, empathy, and compassion when owning a pet. Children that care for animals growing up help the kids stay active, as well.

Dogs are attuned to human behaviour and understand many of the words we use, mainly through our tone of voice, body language, and hand/facial gestures.

Both cats and dogs are excellent at helping to reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

Studies have shown, not only dogs, but pets in general can help reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine.

Dogs are wonderful for seniors or widowed adults to help boost their vitality.

Helping seniors to maintain a social network by staying connected within the dog community, therefore helping combat loneliness and staying active.

Having the unconditional love and companionship of a dog/pet can give you a lifetime of immense joy and laughter.

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