By Jill Dando News
Dogs have become a pet of choice for millions in Britain, America and across the world.
Now in a latest study, it looks like they also make us feel more loved.
Owning a dog may have cushioned owners from some of the negative psychological impacts of the Covid19 pandemic, a new study suggests.
Researchers in St Louis, Missouri found that those who own a dog have been significantly less depressed throughout the pandemic than those who would like to own one, but do not.
People who owned a dog gave higher scores, on average, when they were asked to rate how much social support they had around them.
This was defined in three parts: a feeling of being cared for; the belief that one is loved, esteemed and valued; and a sense of belonging to a reciprocal network.
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Previous studies have shown that dogs can be beneficial to mental health.
Dawn Carey, Head of fast-growing In Charley’s Memory mental health charity, https://www.incharleysmemory.co.uk has their own therapy dog Jeffrey, A King Charles Spaniel. He helps bring peace and calm to people young and old.
She said: “I think this study would be absolutely correct. Having a dog can bring companionship, affection and definitely can make us feel more loved.”
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