As its International Dog Day we want to celebrate all the reasons that our dogs make us happy. Here at Integrity Events we have two regular office dogs, Rollo and Daisy and occasionally were joined by Archie and Rosie. Far from being a distraction in the office we think having them around is good for us. Science, and other dog owners agree.
Spending just 15-30 minutes with a dog can help you feel calm and relaxed. Petting a dog has been proven to reduce stress and the process of patting and stroking a dog reduces the blood pressure, changes your physiological state into a more relaxed mode, and makes you feel better.
So how do they put such a smile on our faces?
Spending time with a dog increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility. But its not just about the science. Dogs behave in a way that many of us can only dream about. You wouldn’t catch a dog worrying about a conversation they had last week, what they have to get done in the week ahead or whether other dogs find them attractive or witty.
Dog’s just live in the moment and it’s this ability to not dwell on the past or future that makes us love them so much.
They live in the moment, they find almost everything exciting, rolling about on the grass on a warm day is done with as much enthusiasm as rolling in the snow on a cold wintry one. Every opportunity is used to savor life and their love and adoration for us is shown in such a simple and unreserved way, unlike us humans who must complicated everything.
Have you noticed how people change when they talk to dogs? We know that dogs sense situations through body language and whenever we’re around them we communicate more openly and obviously. They love to be around us, they don’t judge us. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you say or what you do. If you’re good to them they will love you back.
Just like the title of the book by C.J.Frick, we should all ‘Be the person your dog thinks you are.’