Pooch Partners

The amazing benefits of dog ownership are undeniable.

Quick Quiz:

Can you name the person who belongs to these famous pets?

A. Toto
B. Old Yeller
C. Rin-Tin-Tin
D. Hooch

Keep reading to get the answers!

It’s no mistake that our four-legged friends found themselves playing starring roles beside human companions. Since the first wolves were domesticated more than 14 millennia ago, humans and dogs have worked together to the benefit of both species.

It’s not only backed by the silver screen. The benefits of having a pet are science-based. Here’s what research says.

Fido Equals Fitness

And fitness equals health.

For many of us, carving out time in our day to exercise is a constant struggle, but as we age it becomes even more difficult. An effective way to get in that all-important exercise: walking the dog. A peer-reviewed study published in BMC Public Health, found that dog ownership by older adults leads to increased physical activity, which in turn results in improved health and quality of life.

Another 12-year study conducted by Swedish researchers found a direct link between dog ownership and a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Let’s go get those leashes!

Fido Helps Us Feel Good

The emotional benefits of the human-pet relationship are well documented. If you’ve ever owned a dog, you understand how good it feels to snuggle up to a warm furry, body.

One study, published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, reports several psychological benefits associated with dog ownership and dog walking. Participants who interacted with their canine regularly reported increased self-discipline, healthy habit formation, stress-relief, more connection with nature, motivation for more physical activity and overall feelings of “happiness.”

Fido Is a Friend

One of the concerns of aging is increased isolation. But having a pooch-partner alleviates feelings of loneliness and seclusion.

Once again, research offers validation. Study upon study shows that pets help fight depression, anxiety and, in many cases, dementia. People with pets show increased self-esteem, reduced social anxiety and improved sense of purpose.

If you’re skeptical of the science, just ask Dorothy (Answer = A), Travis (Answer = B), Lee Duncan (the real-life rescuer, Answer = C) or Detective Turner (Answer = D)what they think. There’s a reason we call them “man’s best friend.”

We know the importance of making sure your furry friend can make the move to senior living with you. All Spectrum Retirement communities are pet-friendly!