Dogs give their owners a charge of optimism and help them achieve their goals

Dogs are a huge mental health benefit. This was found out by specialists from Sheffield University and Canine Partners Charity in the UK, conducting a series of surveys and interviews among people with disabilities aged 18 to 35 years.

As well as helping people with their daily tasks, dogs also provide many additional benefits. For example, 86% of those surveyed said they were more optimistic about their friend, over 90% said the dog relieves them of the feeling of loneliness, 88% said the animal helps to reduce anxiety and 86% said they don't suffer from social isolation. 

Also, 90% of young people reported that the dog makes them feel more confident and easier to cope with difficulties in life, including problems in communicating with other people. 

Many interviewees admitted that the dog helps them to accept their disability and achieve their goals, such as getting a higher education, becoming independent and so on. Two-thirds of those surveyed said that by making a "fluffy friend" in their lives, they were able to give up on other people's help, which had previously caused them discomfort and guilt.

March 23, 2020, 10:48 a.m.

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