Petting a Dog is Good For Both of You
Studies have shown that regularly petting a dog brings a person the following benefits:
Well, a recent study at the University of Missouri showed that after a round of petting, both the human and the dog had a 10% decrease in blood pressure.
For the dog, it didn't end there. Levels of cortisol, the hormone released by the body when it's under stress, decreased.
In another study (cited in the Vet Med Today journal), researchers explored this question directly. They found that when a dog gets frightened, their fear (as measured by their heart rate and blood pressure) would drop dramatically when a person petted them.
So pet your dog as much as possible... everyday... but especially when he or she is under stress (such as during 4th of July fireworks).
Watch out though. There are times when petting can be detrimental to your dog. This can be the case when it becomes unpleasant for them, like when you pet them too much.
Look for the following warning signs that the petting has become unpleasant for your dog (and when you see them, stop):
As long as you don't see any of those warning signs, you and your dog will be okay.
John Bash maintains a new blog, Dog Health Care Information, updated often with information on natural dog health care from a well-researched, practical point of view.
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My dear owner,
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