7 Reasons Why Dogs Are the Perfect Quarantine CompanionsBy Jessica Cassity
Does your COVID-19 “quaranteam” include a furry four-legged friend? If the answer is yes, you know firsthand that canine companionship can be comforting, healing, and fun, especially during times of stress. Dogs bring joy and levity, provide a sense of purpose, and can help us stay active and healthy. “Most of all, they can serve as a reminder about the wisdom of staying in the present,” says Melisa Kahn Tietz, LMFT, a therapist in Portland, Oregon who specializes in relationships and has a dog of her own.
As a bit of a silver lining to the world’s current events, pet ownership is on the rise. Animal shelters across the country are reporting a surge of interest in pet adoptions and fostering, which means animals are benefiting big-time. Whether you’re new to the dog mom or dad club, are just starting to consider adding a pet to your family, or have a longtime companion animal, here are seven ways dogs are really delivering on their “best friend” promise. (If you’re more of a cat, bird, or hedgehog lover, you, too, can reap some of the same positive rewards.)
They’re Natural Comedians
If you’re feeling drained or overwhelmed, recruit your canine pal to lighten the mood. Just as listening to stand-up or watching a rom-com can inspire laughter, so too can watching your dog fumble a ball, delight in a new toy, or chase his tail. There’s even a name for intentionally setting out to lighten your mood with a few good chuckles—“laughter therapy,” a technique psychologists have bee