What role do dogs play in your overall health?



Many research studies have looked at how dogs, also referred to as humans' best mates, can improve our well-being. In this Spotlight, we'll show you how your friendly dog will help you stay safe in a number of ways , The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) estimates that 78 million dogs in the United States are kept as pets.

It's unknown when dogs were first domesticated, but according to a report published last year by Trusted Source, dogs were domesticated between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago, at least in Europe , Since at least the Neolithic period, humans and dogs have likely shared a special bond of friendship and mutual support — but why has this bond lasted so long?

Of course, these wolf cousins have always been excellent at keeping us and our belongings secure, protecting our homes, cattle, and other valuables. Humans have trained dogs to assist them in hunting throughout history, and they have bred a number of odd-looking animals for their cuteness or beauty.

Dogs, on the other hand, are — and may have always been — beloved friends, known for their dedication and almost relentless ability to bring a smile to their owners' faces.

In this Spotlight, we'll go through the research that shows how our dogs make us happier, more resilient when faced with stress, and mentally healthier, to name a few benefits of these much-loved quadrupeds.

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