The human-animal bond is often described as the relationship between animals and people. For instance, dog owners know it much more than a mere relationship, and anyone who has ever loved a companion has felt the miraculous strength of the human-animal bond. This unique connection with our beloved pets can influence social, physical, psychological, emotional, and mental wellbeing for us and for them as well.
Maybe your cat can't tell you how she feels, but studies can't tell us that our beloved companions feel the impact of the human-animal too. This deep connection also benefits our pets. Oxytocin is a hormone found in humans, dogs, and cats, and it's often referred to as the “love hormone” and plays an important role in human bonding and might help describe how our companions feel about us. Research has shown an increase in cats' oxytocin levels after playing with their owners and an increase in oxytocin levels in dogs after staring into their owner's eyes.
On the other hand, emotional strength may be difficult to describe to someone who has never shared a relationship with an animal companion, but almost every cat and dog owner recognizes unconditional love as the key component of the bond.
The human-animal bond can help our companions in many obvious ways. Because we care for them and love them, we make sure they are provided with shelter, food, medical care, affection, and entertainment. The various ways in which we can benefit, however, may go deeper than basic needs.
Increased healing and independence- Service and therapeutic Goldendoodle doodles are invaluable to their handlers, providing aid in daily tasks, mental and emotional support, and recovery from traumatic events.
Improved mood- Research has shown that the simple act of petting a friendly cat or dog enhances dopamine and serotonin levels in the brain, two compounds that are vital for our relaxation and happiness.
More physical activity – Owning a dog involves, after all, some degree of physical activity – not only that but living with an animal that requires a daily play session or a walk is an excellent way to get off the couch and out the door.
Immunity boost – People who grew around or with an animal in home have fewer chances to develop asthma or have fewer allergies than those who never owned or raised around pets.
Social connections – Pets have many needs. They provide us with various opportunities to get out and interact with our neighbors and friends. Having a dog is especially helpful for elders or others who may be less likely to be socially active. They can decrease isolation and improve social interaction and quality of life for elders who can't own a pet or can't move.
Stress reduction – Petting a dog has been proved to reduce stress in humans. Lower blood pressure usually is a result of the extra exercise and reduced stress that can go along with pet ownership.