Four Legged Therapists

Phones ringing, fax buzzing, bosses screaming, clients complaining and to top it all traffic jams with short tempered drivers and commuters. Sounds like a normal day of our life doesn’t it?  

You come back home all tired, with tempers flaring and you are welcomed by a four legged friend.

With his tail wagging in a supersonic speed. All set and ready for a rub on his tummy. When he looks at you with that deep brown eyes and his ears bend backwards you can feel the tension just evaporate from you.

Those who have dogs at home can easily relate to this. It’s proven that it is nearly impossible for those who love animals to stay in a bad mood. How can one frown when there is someone who is a pro at puppy eyes and relaxing licks stubbornly taking your hand for a compulsory scratch under the ears.

Research over the years has proven that in many cases having pets is more therapeutic than medications. They help reduce blood pressure, cholesterol and prevent heart diseases. Interactions with trained dogs have helped many patients successfully at rehabilitation centres. They are trained to predict seizures, also to be guide dogs for paraplegic patients and for those who are blind.

Taking to your love ones when you are feeling down and low does help a lot. But sometimes you just want someone to listen to you and not give you a pep talk. One of the best listeners is your pet. They just cock their head to the side and hang onto every word you say. In the end not only does your heart feel lighter but you don’t have anyone judging or lecturing you.

But before you rush out and bring home a puppy, remember that you are making a commitment of at least 13-17 years. Your pets only know how to love you and expect the same back from you. The way you treat them easily reflects on them. If you know that your family or you do not have enough time to commit yourself to a pet then its better not to bring one home.

The first couple of months is when you both adapt to each other. Also, it’s the best time to give him basic obedience training. But if you know that you can keep a dog safe, healthy and happy, then why wait?