If you have ever had a dog, you know how it feels to have that one true “best friend."
For individuals who have grown up with dogs at home, you can tell exactly how valuable these companions are. Dogs brighten up your day, so you provide them with nothing but the utmost love and special attention that they truly deserve. That is the ultimate essence of a family - sharing unconditional love and affection.
Pet owners have a lower rate of depression. Studies show that they suffer less symptoms of depression when there is a pet in the home. The calming presence and the social bond that pets bring is very powerful. Animals give you something to focus on instead of the negative thoughts a depressed person is prone to having. When a pet pays attention to you, they're giving you unconditional love and acceptance.
Spending time with dogs, and even more so petting them and cuddling them, increases your levels of oxytocin. Oxytocin, known as the "love hormone," is a neurotransmitter that calms your nervous system down, relaxing you, whilst also increasing your trust.