What Benefits Can Petting Your Dog Have?

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Have you ever noticed...

That when you are petting your dog, you seem to calm down a bit? Does having your dog around make you feel a bit more safe? When your dog is around, are you more at peace?

In the book The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs animal behaviorist Patricia B. McConnell tells us that studies have shown that petting your dog can have awesome physical benefits for us humans!

When you pet a dog studies have shown that it reduces heart rate AND blood pressure in humans!

Cool, right?

But it also reduces heart rate and blood pressure in the dog too! 

Stress Relief

Not only does petting a dog reduce heart rate and blood pressure but it also relieves stress!

According to the University of Missouri-Colombia petting a dog for just 15 minutes releases three feel good hormones, serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin. It also lowers the stress hormone cortisol!

Dogs are awesome, aren't they?

Well enough reading, go reduce some stress and heart rate! Go pet your dog!

Thanks for reading! 

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