For hundreds and perhaps even thousands of years, mankind has always found serenity in living with animals. Written accounts of humans and animals working hand and paw together with a goal to survive has been acknowledged over years of research. This may be the reason why many still feel inclined to honor the pledge of tranquil coexistence between these two species. However, what many do not realize is that animals touch people in certain ways that are so calming to the soul, yet incomprehensible for the mind.
This primal relationship in the heart and soul is giving mankind extraordinary effects on their well own being.
Many authorities in Health Science have already suggested that having animal companions provides positive effects to the health and overall well-being of a person. In fact, having a pet on its own is gratifying enough, as a person is less likely to feel alone and depressed.
Going home to an animal waiting to be fed and petted also teaches responsibility and caring not only for children but for many adults as well. As science puts a focus on animal and people behavior, they are finding out that the benefits extend to an even grander area.
Learn more how extraordinary animals provide even more extraordinary health benefits to a human’s well-being.
Dog Loving, Better Pregnancy
Heart related conditions come to a rise when women begin to experience their first signs of pregnancy. In itself, related ailments sounds daunting. If this sounds bad, there is more to the condition than just affecting the mother’s body.
According to the US National Library of Medicine, maternal heart disease complicates at least 1% of pregnancies and is one of the major causes of maternal death. A rare type of heart failure called Peripartum Cardiomyopathy is a heart failure that occurs during pregnancy or immediately after delivery. The condition weakens the heart muscle and causes the heart to become enlarged. As a result, the heart can’t pump blood properly to the rest of the body.
This is where pets could help.
Studies show that having dogs can make pregnant women, or any for that matter, less likely to have heart disease. This is because owners exercise more when walking, petting, grooming and even feeding their pets. This leads to better physiological condition, inducing lower blood pressure.
Having a pet for a pregnant woman is actually hitting two birds with one stone. Moms get to hone their maternal instincts and do simple yet effective exercise at the same time.
Also, petting a dog or a cat induces a feeling of relief and relaxation. It can similarly lower blood pressure and helps the body release relaxation hormones. In turn, the stress hormones in the body go down. This soothing effect is a major advantage especially when undergoing pregnancy stress.
The inevitable and most apparent perk that petting teaches a person is responsibility, and that is backed up by a plethora of studies. For pregnant women, it promotes so much more!
In some noble way, petting teaches parenting. More and more parents are exploring how petting gears them towards responsible parenthood. In one sense, a parent, or parent-to-be, can look at how similar pets and kids are at a young age. Without training, they are probably reckless and have a notion on how to go about their daily lives. This, in turn, teaches people how to be responsible enough for the welfare, care and safety of their ‘children’.
The analogy is simple. A pet owner may have a cause to think “has my dog eaten this morning?” which can be later translated to as “Did my kid get a nutritious breakfast?” Overall, having a dog is training not only for pregnant moms, but for both partners on their way to a responsible parenthood.
Horse Therapy leads to a more Behaved Child
Horses aren’t usually the pet one would want in their homes. However, in the expansive fields of the country, many are finding out the amazing benefits these animals can provide for humans. In one sense, caring for a large animal requires one’s full attention, and offers a break from whatever disruptive thoughts or behaviors one might be undergoing. This promotes learning of necessary skills to care for a horse which then leads to more confidence and comfort from anxiety and impatience. Teaching an individual how to trust and interact with a horse has shown immense benefits for all parties involved.
However, there is so much more horses can bring.
Properly trained horses provide an innovative way to heal. Certified horse therapy programs, or what is now dubbed as equine therapy, are regarded as an innovative approach to dealing with a range of behavioral and mental health issues. Horses benefit children, and even teens, across the board, especially those who have mental or cognitive disabilities such as development disabilities and retardation, and children with mental and behavioral disorders. The best thing is that it is actually covered by many health insurance companies, mainly because it is continually proving to be an effective method.
In order to effectively practice equine therapy, the right horse must be picked and groomed. Each therapeutic horse is carefully chosen according to their behavior. In fact, they are trained to healthily respond to children who may misbehave in their presence. In any case, horses are guided by professional therapists who keep the therapy session in check. The healing effect of horses may come from the fact that have are very serene in nature.
Furthermore, animal behaviorists suggests that they are also intelligent and interactive similar to a domesticated dog. What they actually bring is a warm soft hide to lean on and a feeling of empowerment for their riders. A child on a horse can connect with the animal’s rhythmic bodily movement, which stimulates the physical senses and keeps the child physically and mentally balanced.
No more Worries with a Parrot’s Company
Parrots and its hooked-beak bird cousins have proven to be able to provide astounding effects on the human spirit. This is because these animals create a bond that lasts a lifetime. Although they prefer not to spread their wings and fly, they spend most of their time connecting socially with people, sometimes even emotionally. Behavioral scientists have existing proof that parrots have a high level of empathy, making them one of the greatest emotional support animals around.
These colorful birds are recognized as one of the animals that are extremely sensitive to their emotional environment. This is because they can readily sense stress and tension in their human partners, as well as distress, anger and other negative feelings. Such sensitivity can be harnessed and birds, like other species, can be trained to use these abilities to help individuals with psychological or emotional disabilities.
Parrots are also extremely popular worldwide due to the fact that people can teach them how to say words, and then phrases. This capability alone has led humans to effectively work with them, creating a more positive focus in their lives. This readily triggers a sense of elation, which is a good step towards achieving less psychological episodes.
Considering their ability to mimic sounds from the environment (i.e. words and phrase, if they live with humans), parrots can do more than just speak the human language. They also speak in a way that unveils the loving and caring side of people. In fact, many cases of veterans suffering PTSD who worked with abused birds in a sanctuary actually helped ease their symptoms and provide care for birds that were in need. This two way relationship is continuing to gain traction in the evolving usage of therapy and behavioral analysis.