Program promotes human-dog partnership to assist in recovering from depression.
Follow these easy and handy tips to include your dog in your recovery:
1. Be active!
Walking, running and playing with your dog are great ways to exercise every day. Remember to always talk with your doctor before starting a new training plan. This will also keep your dog’s weight down.
2. Pet your dog
Petting your dog may take your mind off of things that are bothering you and help you relax. Research has shown that petting a dog lowers blood pressure.
3. Teach your dog a new trick
Creating a goal and reaching it may help you feel more successful. You dog will enjoy this too!
4. Take your dog to a dog park
Dog parks can be a great place for dogs and people to socialize. Talking with other people may take away some feelings of loneliness. You dog gets to meet new friends, just like you.
5. Sign up for a training class with your dog
It can help make the link between you and your dog stronger. Training classes also offer more chances to meet new people. Learn how best to work positively with your dog.
6. Talk to your dog
Sometimes we all need someone we can talk to. Dogs are great because they will give us their full attention. In addition to your friends, family and your doctor, a dog can offer a great ear when you’re in need. Remember, your dog makes no judgement, they accept you as you are.
7. Make something for your dog
A project like baking treats, knitting clothing or building a doghouse can give a sense of motivation and completion – your pooch will love it to!