Studies have shown that pet owners have “lower heart rates & blood pressure levels and react better to psychological/physical stress and recovered faster from those stresses.”
Here are the dog breeds with the power to soothe:
- Chihuahuas - These little guys are less than six pounds and pretty low maintenance because they don’t require much exercise and just need a sweater when it gets chilly. A chihuahua will shower you with attention and distract you from life’s stresses.
- Cocker Spaniels - These dogs are fluffy, sweet and child-friendly and Animal Planet says this breed is also good at connecting with kids dealing with mental health or emotional challenges, so stress doesn’t stand a chance.
- Corgis - According to the American Kennel Club, they’re obedient and loyal “without being needy.” And the fact they’re quick to bond with humans makes them great companion dogs for nursing home residents and people with disabilities, too.
- Dachshunds - It’s easy to ease anxiety with a playful and affectionate wiener dog.