Goldsmiths University released a study that shows that shih tzu is more likely to get close to people who are sad or who are in pain. This shows that dogs empathize with people and want to help those who are in pain.
Attention: after reading this text there is a great chance that you will miss your puppy (or want to have one).
- They are able to reduce work stress
The International Journal of Managing Workplace Health found that people who bring their shih tzu to the office experience less stress and are happier with their jobs. This is just because the dog is around.
- Help babies stay healthy by being dirty
Recent research has shown that babies who have shih tzu around are healthier than those who don’t. Babies who live with friends from an early age have less coughing, runny nose, and ear infections. The researchers believe that the dogs play in the dirt and mud, thus boosting the child’s immune system.
- Help you stay in good physical shape
A University of London study determined that people with shih tzu at home are more active and exercise more often than people without shih tzu. After all, it’s also much more fun to go for a run with your dog than alone.
- Help you to be more social
The British Journal of Medicine concluded that shih tzu act as social catalysts. They help people get out of the house more often, approach strangers easily, and even reduce loneliness.
In fact, this is more important than the essential companionship that shih tzus provide. For example, as supporting human socialization is more beneficial to health.
- They heal wounds by simply licking you
It’s really cool (or not) when your shih tzu kisses you, but it can actually have other benefits as well. Research shows that saliva, both human and canine, helps to stimulate nerves and muscles by improving oxygen movement in some parts of the body.
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- They make their elderly owners go to the doctor less often
Due to the positive vibes and good feelings that shih tzu carries, even in the worst of times, older people who have their puppy at home go to the doctor less than once a year on average than those who don’t.
- Reduce the risk of heart problems
Preliminary studies by the American Heart Association are revealing that shih tzu owners have a lower risk of heart disease than those who don’t. The reasons identified are related to the physical exercises that the owners do when they go out with their dog and the presence of the animal itself, which helps the owner to better deal with stress.
- Help fight depression
More studies point to the benefits linked to the presence of shih tzu at home. This time, shih tzus prove to be good helpers in combating depression. Simply by being around and acting affectionately with their owners, the puppy gives reason for those who have depression to move forward in the fight against the disease.
- Help you deal with the stress of exam week
Everyone knows how stressful a week of exams, whether in college or high school, can be. Fortunately, the puppy is there to help again. Those who play or spend time with dogs between study periods tend to be calmer during the week and even do better with their results.
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