Dogs and Companionship

Dogs have been considered "man's best friend" for as long as humans can remember. Since the domestication of the dog, people have been drawn to them, and they to us. Dogs have helped us in so many ways and expect little to nothing in return. They have hunted with/for us, kept vermin and pests away, served with the military and police, assisted the disabled, and faithfully remained our loyal companions. Human–canine bonding is mutually beneficial to humans and dogs. Our dynamic relationship with dogs is studied intensely by psychologists, anthropologists, and ethologists. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, this bond is powered by the emotional, psychological, and physical interactions that are essential to the health and well-being of both people and dogs. Dogs somehow have the ability to change the psychological.  Animal-assisted therapy (AAT), service dogs, and animal-assisted activities show that in most cases, a dog helps improve the quality of life. Life is meant to be lived happily. Dogs bring happiness into people’s lives, and create a sense of joy even on the worst of days. There is nothing like the huge smile that lights up a dog’s face when you return home. Owners definitely can feel the love when you receive a welcome home dog lick. We love our dog(s) indefinitely and would do anything for them. It is up to us to make sure we return the unconditional love they give us.

Even though our dog knows we love him/her, it is never a bad idea to get him a companion. Dogs bond with each other just like how humans establish relationships. This creates friendships that can last a lifetime. Dogs bond to humans, naturally, but they will also bond with other pets in the house. We all see videos on social media of a dog playing with a deer or some other animal; but how do you know when they have "become" friends? Dogs do have a “social need” that is a part of their system. They are social animals who thrive on companionship with others. Dogs are unique in the animal world because they enjoy companionship with people as much as they do with other dogs. There is no really set evidence on dogs forming friendships, but we see it happening all around us on a day-to-day basis. If you have two dogs in the household, you will see that they do care for each other. Their actions towards each other when upset or happy pours into the other dog. Even though this friendship can form, we also have to remember that dogs are considered pack animals, which means being in groups is a good thing for them. It gives the dogs a sense of belonging. However, all dogs get along well with others and dog owners need to keep that in mind when trying to have their pets bond. Be aware of how you introduce your new dog; let it be a natural process. Do not force them to play or like each other.

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