Healthier Living with a Dog


 :: [cs_content][cs_section parallax=false style=For six weeks Christian Tiesmeyer worked as an intern for the website. Among other things, he has earned a reputation for our bibliography, and created English and German abstracts of articles. The following post is from him.There has been a very special relationship between dogs and humans for a long time. The first signs of domestication are from thousands of years ago. Today, dogs are a world wide, well-known house pet. People of all ages appreciate the company of dogs. They are true companions, excitable animals and can enrich the lives of their owners in many ways: through sport or going for a walk, as a patient listener or a cuddle-partner, as an entertaining play mate, a comforter in solitude or simply as a distraction from the stresses of everyday life.Dog Owners Rarely Need to go to the Doctor'sWith these special qualities, dogs can do so much more; a German-Australian long-term study, which was measured by the number of annual visits to the doctor's, found dogs improve human health. Furthermore, dog owners are consistently the most healthy people, and significantly more healthy than those who had owned a house pet just once, or have never had one. In Germany and Australia, the number of visits to the doctor's by long-term dog owners was reduced by about 15%. An especially long period of time was chosen for the study; annual surveys have taken place since 1984, enabling us to determine how losing a dog or bringing one into your life can affect your state of health. By measuring the health of the participants at several points in time, the assumption that people with dogs were already healthier before the possession of a pet could be rebutted. After considering age, gender, income, family status and other variables affecting health, the remarkable influence of dogs on human well-being has been confirmed.Dogs as TreatmentDogs can improve health in many different ways. They need room to run around and require their owner walk them every day, thus encouraging daily exercise in the fresh air. Among other things ,this has a positive effect on your heart rate and your blood pressure. But dogs not only improve the physical state of their owner. They can also have a significant influence on mental health. Through contact with dogs, tension or stress can be relieved. They help grief, loneliness, social isolation, and are always there for their owner. And beyond all of that, they encourage social interaction between dog owners themselves.Assistance Dogs as Healthcare AssistantsSince pets improve the health of the general population, it is believed that even people with disabilities or chronic diseases can benefit enormously from dogs. With regards to the vast amounts of medical measures taken and doctor's visits that people with disabilities or chronic diseases have to take, owning an assistance dog could have an even more drastic effect. Everyday life of people with disabilities is clearly facilitated with an assistance dog. Owning a pet can seriously improve your quality of life and can give you so much joy. With many diseases comes restricted mobility, so commonly the people affected by this spend a lot of time by themselves and are lonely because they have difficulties being part of a community and finding a productive and fulfilling purpose. Nurses can't always take care of their patient and relatives can't always manage to help enough due to their own personal obligations.This is where assistance dogs can help. They are true partners who prevent lonliness and also make it easier to deal with everyday life by completing tasks and providing help for their owners. Assistance dogs are specially trained for a range of uses and can therefore respond directly to the needs of their owner.Pfotenpiloten is campaigning to provide an efficient, high quality and free of charge service for those who are affected.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][/cs_content]">

For six weeks Christian Tiesmeyer worked as an intern for the website. Among other things, he has earned a reputation for our bibliography, and created English and German abstracts of articles. The following post is from him.

There has been a very special relationship between dogs and humans for a long time. The first signs of domestication are from thousands of years ago. Today, dogs are a world wide, well-known house pet. People of all ages appreciate the company of dogs. They are true companions, excitable animals and can enrich the lives of their owners in many ways: through sport or going for a walk, as a patient listener or a cuddle-partner, as an entertaining play mate, a comforter in solitude or simply as a distraction from the stresses of everyday life.

Dog Owners Rarely Need to go to the Doctor’s

With these special qualities, dogs can do so much more; a German-Australian long-term study, which was measured by the number of annual visits to the doctor’s, found dogs improve human health. Furthermore, dog owners are consistently the most healthy people, and significantly more healthy than those who had owned a house pet just once, or have never had one. In Germany and Australia, the number of visits to the doctor’s by long-term dog owners was reduced by about 15%. An especially long period of time was chosen for the study; annual surveys have taken place since 1984, enabling us to determine how losing a dog or bringing one into your life can affect your state of health. By measuring the health of the participants at several points in time, the assumption that people with dogs were already healthier before the possession of a pet could be rebutted. After considering age, gender, income, family status and other variables affecting health, the remarkable influence of dogs on human well-being has been confirmed.

Dogs as Treatment

Dogs can improve health in many different ways. They need room to run around and require their owner walk them every day, thus encouraging daily exercise in the fresh air. Among other things ,this has a positive effect on your heart rate and your blood pressure. But dogs not only improve the physical state of their owner. They can also have a significant influence on mental health. Through contact with dogs, tension or stress can be relieved. They help grief, loneliness, social isolation, and are always there for their owner. And beyond all of that, they encourage social interaction between dog owners themselves.

Assistance Dogs as Healthcare Assistants

Since pets improve the health of the general population, it is believed that even people with disabilities or chronic diseases can benefit enormously from dogs. With regards to the vast amounts of medical measures taken and doctor’s visits that people with disabilities or chronic diseases have to take, owning an assistance dog could have an even more drastic effect. Everyday life of people with disabilities is clearly facilitated with an assistance dog. Owning a pet can seriously improve your quality of life and can give you so much joy. With many diseases comes restricted mobility, so commonly the people affected by this spend a lot of time by themselves and are lonely because they have difficulties being part of a community and finding a productive and fulfilling purpose. Nurses can’t always take care of their patient and relatives can’t always manage to help enough due to their own personal obligations.

This is where assistance dogs can help. They are true partners who prevent lonliness and also make it easier to deal with everyday life by completing tasks and providing help for their owners. Assistance dogs are specially trained for a range of uses and can therefore respond directly to the needs of their owner.

Pfotenpiloten is campaigning to provide an efficient, high quality and free of charge service for those who are affected.

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