Monday, December 19, 2011

Health benefits of owning a pet

For those of us who have pets in our lives knows the benefits they bring. My nine year old maltese dog, Savannah, brings me love, companionship, social support, reduces my stress, and encourages physical activity.

I've used Animal Assisted Therapy with children with autism and other disabilities for many years and love to watch the connection between the dogs and the children. Benefits include better sense of well being, self confidence, improved social skills, increase attention span, improved mood, and more awareness of their surroundings.

As an Eden Alternative Associate, I've seen the happpiness and joy animals bring to the life of elders, just as Savannah brings me.

Having a pet in your life or your child's life has big payoff. And besides teaching your child responsibility, studies show that pet owners live longer!