October 4, 2014
To me, it’s because dogs are such loyal and constant companions. My Bulldog Archie is always excited to see me and that alone can make my day!
Daniel Allen, founder of the U.K.’s Pet Nation, offers an explanation:“Since childhood, everybody has had their own personal experiences with animals. Encounters can trigger individual memories, and stimulate those who may be shy or have issues with socializing or communicating. Animals are well-known social lubricants. Interaction can increase confidence and help individuals feel more widely accepted within their community and society.”Allen also believes the healing benefit of an animal is linked to the person’s mental health and human needs, and is not dependent on a particular dog breed or animal species.