Personally, I’ve been trying to convince my partner we need a puppy for years now, with no success. If you also love dogs and have been trying to convince your S.O./roommate/family/self that a puppy is a logical addition to your household, here’s some good news: Scientists have found that dogs can boost overall wellness and particularly help you manage stress. That should definitely strengthen your argument.
The new study out of the University of British Columbia surveyed 246 university students before and after they spent time in a drop-in therapy dog session. During the sessions, which I wish existed when I was studying, the students were invited to cuddle and chat with up to 12 pups. Students were also given questionnaires before and after the pooch play time, and again about 10 hours later.
The findings won’t surprise dog-lovers one bit: Researchers found that participants who played with the dogs reported being significantly less stressed, happier, and more energetic immediately after the session when compared with a control group of students who didn’t get any chill time with the therapy dogs. Feelings of happiness and life satisfaction didn’t seem to last, but the stress-reducing effects did.
“The results were remarkable,” commented Stanley Coren, study co-author and professor emeritus of psychology at UBC. “We found that, even 10 hours later, students still reported slightly less negative emotion, feeling more supported, and feeling less stressed, compared to students who did not take part in the therapy dog session.”
Researchers went on to recommend universities offer dog therapy sessions during times of increased stress to help students manage. “These sessions clearly provide benefits for students in the short-term, so we think universities should try to schedule them during particularly stressful times, such as around exam periods,” said Frances Chen, the study’s senior author and an assistant professor of psychology at UBC. “Even having therapy dogs around while students are working on their out-of-class assignments could be helpful.”
If you’re looking to add some puppy playtime to your daily life, consider adopting from organizations like Muddy Paws Rescue to give an animal in need a home. Not ready to commit? Then just keep scrolling for some adorable snaps of our favorite pups on Instagram.
Eventually he came across the pot of gold he was after, but was dissatisfied because he found out that the gold was actually tin-foiled wrapped chocolate and was bummed because he knew that he couldn’t have any. 😩😩😩 P.S.A: Don’t feed your dog chocolate no matter how cute they are…even if they try and trick you by dressing up as a cute leprechaun. Don’t fall for it.
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