Apr
23
2013

The Benefits of Owning a Dog

The Benefits of Owning a Dog

dog5From combating on the war front alongside our nation’s soldiers to simply being your child’s companion, dogs are exceptionally well rounded and complex creatures.

Many of us find a best friend in our dogs because they always seem to be there for us. This goes to say that dogs are capable of emotionally healing a great deal of people. Heeling Allies, an organization specializing in training mental health service dogs, help individuals suffering psychological and developmental disorders.

According to study described in Pain Medicine, interacting with dogs decreases a considerable amount of stress hormones while increasing your endorphin levels. The pain and emotional reducing method is comparable to exercising or listening to music to alleviate stress. These dogs are categorized into three different services; mental health service dogs, emotional support dogs, and therapy dogs. Essentially, each type of dog provides the same service—support.

Dogs have become best friends to wide range of individuals, such as veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), people with substantial financial debt, and patients with intangible psychological problems. All of these individuals in different situations would agree that service dogs are a positive reinforcement

Service dogs are trained to:

  • Assist handlers while at home or in public accommodations
  • Increase feelings of safety and security
  • Relief from feelings of isolation and inadequacy
  • Motivate handlers to perform everyday tasks
  • Provide affection
  • Improve mood and lower stress
  • Increase optimism

F.I.D.O., the Federation of Insured Dog Owners, Inc., now offers the Covered Canine Policy, an exclusive product and benefit for F.I.D.O. members only. This policy is presently available in Florida. It will protect you should your dog bite an individual and cause harm. It does not exclude any breed of dog and starts as low as $75 per dog, per year. Click here for a free Florida pet insurance quote.

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