Does study show that dogs are man’s best friend?
Of course, we’ve all heard the saying “Dogs are man’s best friend”, and now we have more evidence to support the claim. A recent study out of Miami University in Ohio showed evidence that people with Pets in the home are overall happier and healthier than those who don’t have Pets in the home. The study found that Pets are good sources of social and emotional support.
“Pet owners had greater self-esteem, were more physically fit, tended to be less lonely, were more conscientious, were more extroverted, tended to be less fearful less preoccupied than non-owners,” said study researcher Allen McConnell.
The research encompassed several studies including surveys to those with and without Pets, those with just dogs and a sample of Pet-Parents who were asked to remember a time in their life when they felt excluded. It was found from the latter survey that both Pets and friends staved off feelings of rejection equally. Additionally, healthy people were found to have benefited from Pets. The study also concluded that Pet-Parents are just as close to key people in their lives as to their Pets.
A trend that was also discovered is that Pet-Parenthood is on the rise. A study done five years ago showed a dramatic increase in households Pets. The American Pet Products Manufacturers Association found about two-thirds of American households have at least one Pet, compared to just 56 percent in 1988.
Employers have acknowledged that dogs are man’s best friend. So, it’s not surprising that more and more companies are allowing dogs to come to work with their Pet-Parents. For all of us at Hannah, we see the benefits of having a Pet everyday. Our Vancouver office is never without at least one Pet, and more often than not, a half a dozen are keeping our team members busy and entertained.
One goal of Hannah is to match people with the right Pet so both can have a long, rewarding, and loving life with one another. Our Members are among the happiest our team has ever had the pleasure to work with. Check out some of our Hannah Member stories and you will read from happy people who have been matched with great Pets.
The University of Miami study was published by the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The researchers concluded: “The present work presents considerable evidence that Pets benefit the lives of their owners, both psychologically and physical, by serving as an important source of social support. Whereas past work has focused primarily on Pet-Parents facing significant health challenges, the present study establishes that there are many positive consequences for everyday people
We already knew that dogs are man’s best friend, but for some folks, cats may be the preferred companion. Not sure what is the best fit for you and your family? Visit a Hannah Pet Hospital and ask about our Pet matching program.