How dogs affect your mental health can be seen in many forms, not only mentally but also physically. Here are some of the ways they can help you.
Helps you mentally
If you suffer from depression, anxiety or stress a dog helps you to be more active. Exercise helps with all these things. Having a dog to cuddle and pet has a calming effect. Kids with ADHD and autism can also benefit from a dog.
Helps with loneliness
The responsibilities of having a dog can give you a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of purpose. Having purpose is another way how dogs affect your mental health.
Makes you play
Exercise is great but so is just playing. These days everyone is rushing from one thing to the next. Taking some time to just toss a ball with your dog helps you to relax and not take everything so seriously.
Gets you outside
Most of us can easily admit that we spend too much time using screens. Between work, keeping up with social media or what's new on Netflix, we don't get out in nature as much. Dogs definitely only have this problem if they are stuck in the house watching you staring at a screen. Most dogs would love to be outside more with you.
Gives you unconditional love
No matter what you do a dog shows unconditional love. Many times we can feel isolated, misunderstood or have trouble relating to others. A dog always seems to understand you and has no bad intentions.
Makes you be more social
Unless you live in the middle of nowhere. It's hard to walk outside with your dog and not run into someone else with a dog. Dog's always want to smell and play with each other. If you walk by others that don't have a dog, often you will find them asking if they can pet your dog, especially kids. What an easy way to strike up a conversation with a stranger. Humans are social creatures and we need human interaction to be mentally healthy.
Pets and how they affect human health are not only seen in people who have dogs. Other animals too can provide some of these benefits.
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Performance Dog Wheelchairs wants you to know that physical limitations are not the end to mobility. Our purpose is to give others and their dogs the ability to seek new adventures and overcome physical challenges with our wheels for handicapped dogs.
A dog wheelchair is essentially a dog harness with wheels. One of the common needs is for hip dysplasia. We offer three different models and have french bulldog wheelchairs and weiner dog wheelchairs. Actually our wheelchairs are for all types of dogs and other types of animals too.
We offer a full support dog wheelchair which is also referred to as a dog quad wheelchair or four wheel dog wheelchair, a dog wheelchair for back legs and the patented SitGo Dog Wheelchair. This is the only one that allows your dog to go from standing to sitting without having to remove it.