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(Family Features) Dogs can provide a sense of comfort for their pet parents, and spending time together can help create a strong bond, reduce stress and positively impact mental health.
In fact, according to a survey from Mars Petcare’s BETTER CITIES FOR PETS™ program, 1 in 3 pet parents got a new pet during the pandemic, with 36% saying they did so to avoid or alleviate depression. In another survey, 1 in 4 pet owners said they got a pet to improve their mental health.
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Stick to a Schedule
Having a dog can help establish a routine in your everyday life. From walks to mealtimes, maintaining the schedule of caring for a pet can help you feel more organized. It also provides simple, yet important, items to check off your daily to-do list, giving you a sense of accomplishment.
Enjoy the Fresh Air
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Work with a Canine Coworker
As returning to the office becomes more of a reality, many people are realizing the comfort and mental health benefits they’ve received from having their dogs by their side over the last two years at home can also be true in the office. According to a survey commissioned by the CESAR brand, pet parents believe that working alongside dogs in the office can boost happiness (58%) and relieve anxiety or stress (57%). Check out CESAR.com/Hire-My-Dog to learn more about how you can advocate for your own pet-friendly workplace.
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