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Petting a dog is good for both of you - pets


Studies have shown that commonly petting a dog brings a character the subsequent benefits:

  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Lower risk of heart disease
  • Change for the better in constant illnesses (such as Alzheimer's or AIDS)
  • Change for the better in emotional clause -- reduction of stress, sadness, and pain.
A lot of that is customary knowledge. Pick up any book on pet ownership and it will tell you these things. But what about the dogs themselves?

Well, a current study at the Academic world of Missouri showed that after a round of petting, both the human and the dog had a 10% decline in blood pressure.

For the dog, it didn't end there. Levels of cortisol, the hormone free by the body when it's under stress, decreased.

In a new study (cited in the Vet Med Today journal), researchers explored this cast doubt on directly. They found that when a dog gets frightened, their fear (as careful by their heart rate and blood pressure) would drop dramatically when a character petted them.

So pet your dog as much as possible. . . everyday. . . but above all when he or she is under stress (such as at some stage in 4th of July fireworks).

Watch out though. There are times when petting can be disadvantageous to your dog. This can be the case when it becomes foul for them, like when you pet them too much.

Look for the subsequent alarm signs that the petting has befall distasteful for your dog (and when you see them, stop):
  • Growling.
  • Staring at you.
  • Wiggling away from you.
  • Opening to pant.
  • Yawning.
  • Rolling over.

As long as you don't see any of those admonition signs, you and your dog will be okay.

On a daily basis, one of the best belongings you can do for your dog's health. So to sum up, make daily petting an accomplishment plan for you and your dog. Make time to pet your dog manifold times a day. Not only will it become deeper the love connecting the two of you, but it also will ease your (and your dog's) stress and help your circulation.

John Bash maintains a new blog, Dog Fitness Care Information, rationalized often with in rank on actual dog physical condition care from a well-researched, applied point of view.


Do You Mind if I Pet Your Dog?  The New York Times

Pet of the week  Post Register

Pets of Harvard, 2019  Harvard Crimson

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