A study has been shown that reveals there are some mental health benefits of dogs in a crisis. The study featured 768 dog owners and 767 potential dog owners and they were given a survey.
The study found that dog owners tend to have a lower depression score and have greater levels of social support when compared to the potential dog owners. Finally, there weren’t any differences when it came to anxiety or happiness between the two groups.
- Dog owners typically will have a much lower score in depression when compared to non dog owners.
- Dog owners typically experience more levels of social support compared to potential dog owners.
- Finally, dog owners usually have a much more positive attitude and commitment to their animals.
“In short: Non-dog owners aren’t any more or less anxious or happy than dog owners, according to the data, but the researchers do draw out a correlation between owning a dog and lower levels of depression symptoms.”