“There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.” -Ben Wiliams
Stress, pressure, and even depression are all very common in students, mainly teenagers. High school can be tough, and it can be hard to stay calm and focused. But studies show a very effective and easy way to deal with all of that: pets. Any kind of pet. Dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, even rodents(hamsters, rabbits,),etc.
A substantial body of research indicates that pets improve our mental health. A dog’s wagging tail, a kitten’s purr are all signs of unconditional love from your pet. Though they can’t speak, they still manage to be by your side through everything. Playing with animals can help reduce stress and depression.
“I’d say that’s true,” Cassandra Gallegos said, who had a chocolate lab/pit bull mix. “If they bring you happiness, then that can be your light and joy of your day.” Her pet always kept her in a calm mood.
You can always expect them waiting for you after a long day. They improve your responsibility, distract you from negative thoughts, and eventually alter your behavior. They help you with being more social, more approachable, even exercise. Whether we walk our dogs because they need it, or are more likely to enjoy a walk when we have companionship, dog owners do spend more time walking than non-pet owners. Buying(or rescuing) a pet will require you to give time and effort, but in the end, it’s worth it. Describing his two Labs, Justin Kolenda said, “they are my pride and joy… ”
Therapy dogs are not uncommon, they change people for the better all over the world. They provide comfort to people in retirement homes, hospitals, daycares/nursing homes, and people with autism. As well as schools, students who just need to relax can be visited by these trained dogs.
“He’s super friendly and awesome,” Emily Richards said, counselor at Wolters High School, about their mascot, Jacks. A three-year old Maltese roams around campus and visits the students. “He does helps kids, he puts smiles on their faces.”