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Do you feel the same as I do? Do you enjoy so much stroking your cat's warm body and feeling its vibrant purr?? Does it do you good to walk through nature with your dog, to get some air and light, no matter what the weather is like?? Can you enjoy burying your nose in your horse's mane or the calming effect of the iridescent fish in your aquarium??

Then we both feel like most pet owners do. We simply feel that being with animals does us good. In fact, pets have quite amazing effects on us humans. Scientists at the University of Zurich concluded in a study: "Both healthy and sick people benefit from the many facets of the human-animal relationship". In this article I would like to give you an overview of what these are.

Promoting health

Research has shown that animals help to reduce illnesses. Dog owners go to the doctor significantly less often than people without dogs, as studies in Australia and Germany showed.

Sometimes you may find caring for your pet a chore – when after a tiring day at work, the sleet is pelting outside and the sofa beckons, but your dog beckons you with a longing look to take an evening walk. Exactly such a thing strengthens however your immune system. Lets everyday stress fall away more effectively than a reality soap on TV. Dog owners reduce risk factors for cardiovascular disease such as obesity, elevated cholesterol, high blood prere and generally lower their stress levels by exercising with their pet on a regular basis. In 2017, a study by researchers at the University of East Anglia confirmed what probably comes naturally to us dog owners: people with dogs move more. They are even in the most uncomfortable months on the average outside 30 minutes daily more active than humans without dog in the most beautiful summer months.

With dogs we have to go out, no matter what the weather is like.

Here's how dogs help healthy people maintain their health. For those who are ill, they successfully help to motivate and mobilize them. Recovery from a heart attack is usually faster for dog owners and even the survival rate is higher. American sociologist Erika Friedmann noted this back in the late 1970s. Dogs can even help protect their owners from depression. Eckart von Hirschhausen, book author and doctor from Berlin, says:

They provide daily exercise, light, and social contact.

Stress reduction

Being with animals can effectively reduce your stress levels. As a pet owner, you have certainly already felt this. Calm animals. Provide relaxation. Best example are our purring velvet paws. I hardly know a sound that has a more calming effect than the purr of a cat. In direct contact, the warmth of the body nestling trustingly against you and the silky soft fur, which triggers a pleasant feeling when stroked, are added.

According to scientists, being with a pet is more effective in reducing our stress levels than being with a human partner. In the interhuman contact the blood prere rises, so the Nuremberg professor Sylvia Greiffenhagen. The human body therefore tends to signal readiness to react. And an American medical psychologist discovered that the mere presence of a dog relaxed the atmosphere between hostile spouses or. their measured vital signs returned to normal.

Normalization of metabolic processes, hormone secretion

In fact, petting and even the mere presence of a pet can lower pulse and blood prere in humans. Physical contact with animals also provides for the release of various hormones such as the "happiness hormone" endorphin and the bonding hormone oxytocin. Such hormone releases have a direct positive effect on the human mood and can even inhibit pain.

Being with animals has a relaxing effect.

In 2010, a team of German and Austrian researchers studied a group of children from troubled families to determine whether dogs are able to influence the release of the stress hormone cortisol in humans. The children exhibited insecure attachment behavior. Were able to build up little to no trust with adults. Under these circumstances therapeutic work is very difficult and one wanted to find out whether the presence of animals could be helpful. The children were divided into three groups. Subjected to a kind of test situation.

– One group was assisted by a friendly young person, – one by a stuffed dog and – the third by a real dog.

Per saliva testing for the stress hormone cortisol, it was found that children's stress levels increased with the adult and the stuffed dog and rose above baseline levels. The group of children with the dog entered the test situation with relatively high cortisol levels. However, this fell steadily in the course. Was lower at the end than at the beginning. Furthermore, it turned out that the more intensively the children got involved with the dog, the more successful the stress reduction was. They were actively doing something to reduce their stress when they were engaged with the dog.

Activation

But not only dogs stand for an active lifestyle of their owners, even if they are often considered as prime examples. Even as a horse owner you lead a very active life with your animal companion. Many tasks that have to be done to keep the four-legged friends well keep you as the owner literally on your toes. Since all animals we keep at home depend on their owners for care, a certain level of activity is always present.

Even small animals can have a tremendous effect, as Professor Reinhold Bergler of the "Pets in Society" research group found in a study of budgies in retirement homes. From 200 seniors who had signaled interest, randomly selected 100 seniors in 37 retirement homes had each received a budgie for eight weeks to care for. No one wanted to give their pet back afterwards. The seniors with the budgies became much more active, contact with other home residents was encouraged – they could suddenly talk about something completely new. The care of the birds offered a necessary and meaningful task, the own state of health was subjectively experienced as better and the life satisfaction rose. While seniors without budgerigar experienced to 75 % feelings of loneliness, this was with the test persons with bird after the eight-week living together only 5 %.

Even small animals bring color, variety and joy into our lives.

Such improvements could be observed in a similar study with long-term unemployed people and dogs. People experience a structuring of their daily routine, take responsibility and thus become active.

Humans can't just let themselves go and hang out in front of the boob tube all day long,

said Prof. Bergler.

Encourage interpersonal communication

Animals are sometimes referred to as "communicative lubricants". As a pet owner, you probably know this – there's always something to talk about when you live with an animal. If you are in the company of an animal, however, you also seem to be more interesting for fellow human beings. Inhibitions about making contact with complete strangers aren't as strong when a pet is along for the ride. Various experiments have shown that dog walkers are smiled at, greeted or approached more often. Often your dog is approached first, then the contact moves to you. Must have happened to you more than once, right??

A multinational study by several universities and Mars Petcare's Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition found that pet owners often have more vibrant neighborhood contacts.

It is natural for dogs to greet and make contact with each other – and so we humans then do the same,

One interviewee described the high prompting nature of animals.

Shared interest in animals can also foster friendships.

Improve mood and self-esteem

Those who live with animals know – bad moods can't last too long. Your dog's invitation to play, your rabbit's whimsical jumps, or your cat's attempt to squeeze into a cardboard box just big enough for her head – such behaviors alone put a smile on our lips in no time at all. We don't see life quite so gray anymore when Coco, Blacky and Mietz bring their colors into it.

Even in difficult life situations, pets can magically help improve moods. For example, therapy dogs visiting cancer patients at Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital in New York significantly increased their emotional well-being and quality of life. This was even the case with patients whose physical and functional condition had deteriorated.

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