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Pets are Good for You

written by Elyse Berman, CRS
Boca Raton, FL        
Apr 21, 2022

Pets Good For you
Pets are good for your health. It’s a fact. Don’t take my word for it – it’s been proven by medical professionals. Your furry friends are very good for you, which begs the question why they are restricted in so many communities. But that’s a blog post for another day!

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY


Dogs need to go out for a walk to do their business. Walking is also great exercise for you. It’s good for your health. Of course, please check with your doctor first before starting any walking regimen. But if you have a dog, obviously, you’re going to walk the dog. With that twice-or-more daily walk, you are both getting physical exercise. And that’s a good thing!

SOCIALIZATION

Dogs are social creatures. On your walks, you’re likely to run into other people walking their dogs. The dog-walking group, as it’s been called. It’s a chance to socialize not only your pet but yourself. Dogs sniff. People talk. 

Some people prefer dog parks where both you and your dog can socialize. Some like taking their dog to different places, where you can take a leisurely walk. Many stores have water bowls outside for dogs – they expect people and their dogs to stop by. You never know who you will run into and strike up a conversation. Again, it’s a social thing, which is good for you.

STRESS

Pets are known to bring down anxiety and stress in people. Stroking the fur of an animal can bring down your blood pressure or help to lessen an anxiety attack. That’s why there are therapy dogs that go to hospitals, nursing homes, airports and more.

COMPANIONSHIP

Pets are great companions. There is another living, breathing thing in the house. Someone to talk to (Yes, I talk to my dogs. I even tell them I love you, be good girls and mommy will be back, before I leave the house!) What can I say? It’s true.

The bond with your pet is a strong one. Your furry friends rely on you for everything. Pets will hang out with you when you’re sick, watch tv or sit with you while you’re on the computer. They’re good company!

DEPRESSION

Animals have been known to help those who suffer from depression. Just having an animal around is a good feeling, a pick me up. I’m not saying it’s going to cure your depression – that’s for the medical experts – but it’s nice to know another living, breathing creature is there. And your pet cares about you. There’s that bond again.

A dog can give a person a reason to get out of bed in the morning. They know the dog must be walked. And walking the dog gets you out of the house, which you otherwise might not do. It’s great for those who need a push and would otherwise stay in bed.

SERVICE AND ESA DOGS

Service and Emotional Support Dogs are wonderful for those who need them. I’ve seen dogs specially trained to deal with autistic children, alert their owners to a seizure or a diabetic attack, take clothes out of the dryer, or help them emotionally. It’s hard to argue with that.

People start out thinking they saved the animal but, as it often turns out, the animal saved them.


Elyse Berman, PA, CRS  is a Pet-Friendly REALTOR® who has been helping people buy and sell homes for the past 18-plus years. She serves Palm Beach County, Florida.  Check out her blog.

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