Furry friends for life

Dogs help reduce depression and anxiety


Makenzie Schaible-Herold

Sophomore Makenzie Schaible’s dog comforts her when she’s upset

Makenzie Schaible-Herold, Staffer

     Having a dog can be a very important aspect of one’s life. Coming home to a wagging tail, getting tackled to the ground and showered with puppy kisses is pure happiness. Going to bed and having your loyal companion at your feet can be one of the most comforting feelings in the world. They’re mans best friend. Always there for you when you need them the most.

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          Research shows that responsibility helps your mental health. Psychologists say that you build self-esteem by taking ownership and applying skills to a specific task. Taking care of a dog offers reassurance that you can care for yourself and others.

     “My dog is one of the only constant things in my life,” sophomore Connor Dean said. “I know that no matter what I go through in a day, he’s going to be excited to see me. He’s not gonna leave, and if he does then its something stupid on my behalf.” 

     The companionship of an animal can offer comfort, help ease anxiety, and build self-confidence for people anxious about going out into the world. Because pets live in the moment, they don’t worry about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow. 

     “I usually bring my dog to my room while I’m doing homework,” sophomore Sydney Pace said. “She makes sure I don’t have a breakdown or panic attack when I’m overwhelmed.” 

    Companionship can help prevent illnesses and even add years to your life, while isolation and loneliness can trigger symptoms of depression. Caring for an animal can help make you feel needed and wanted, and take the focus away from your problems. 

     “My dog can sense when something is wrong with my attitude,” sophomore Paige Dickey said. “She will try to make me feel happier by licking me or trying to get me to pet her. It’s different with every dog.”