We are constantly encouraged by more and more recent research findings and evidence around how dogs are supporting people who experience anxiety, trauma, and adversity in their lives.
Science tells us that when people are feeling stressed or experiencing anxiety even the act of patting and sitting with a dog they know causes a reduction in anxiety, a reduction in heart rate, and a feeling of calm.
We love that this science supports what wellbeing dogs do with so many people in schools and workplaces who experience anxiety.
Recent findings show us science has proven that when a person looks into the eyes of a wellbeing dog they are connected with, they experience a release of oxytocin and so does the dog. Can you imagine the impact this would have on people who experience anxiety, trauma, challenges in the home, school, or work life.
Of course, wellbeing dogs do so much more than just support people experiencing anxiety or trauma. When a wellbeing dog is authentically connected to a community the positive impacts are too many to list. Whether we see the interactions on a preventative level, or an intervention level, we have so much to learn about what is on offer in these moments.
We love and are constantly grateful for what wellbeing dogs are offering as support in schools and workplaces!