Our pet dogs are members of our households. They share our homes and lives, providing love and laughter, comedy, and comfort. There’s no way we’d have it any other way! They are, however, much more to many people. Dogs are incredible creatures.
They are beneficial to people in a variety of ways. The two have a long history together, dating back thousands of years.
Wolves used to follow humans on hunting expeditions and eat any crumbs they could find. These wolves eventually evolved into canines that aided in the protection of hunters and gatherers.
Dogs have worked in a variety of capacities since then. They labor on farms, guarding the property and rounding up livestock such as sheep and cows. Dogs keep humans company as well. Petting a dog can cause a physical alteration in a person’s body.
How do dogs help humans out?
Alexa Carr is a Washington State University researcher who studies animal-human relationships.
She and her colleagues observed that when people pet a dog, humans have lower stress compounds in their bodies, such as cortisol hormones. We also know that when a person looks into the eyes of a dog, the body releases a hormone associated with love and connection with another entity. Here are a few ways on how dogs help human beings:
- Dogs provide companionship to us when we lose loved ones.
- Dogs can also assist humans in navigating their environment.
- They assist persons who have lost their vision in finding their way around.
- They help people with diabetes and seizures.
- Many service dogs have the ability to detect when anything is amiss and inform their owners.
- Some of them are even capable of opening refrigerators and bringing food to the table.
- A dog’s sensitive nose can also be used to assist people. Some canines sniff luggage at airports to ensure that passengers aren’t carrying anything they shouldn’t on the plane.
- Dogs can even detect cancer in people in some situations.
- According to Carr, there are dogs in our world that assist scientists. They sniff out animal feces in order to assist scientists in learning more about various species.
- They also listen to us when we talk to them.
- They are also adept at assisting individuals, notably veterans, with their mental health.
Apart from these, there are service dogs who prove to be very useful in their specific tasks.
How do service dogs help humans?
Service dogs come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The following are a few of the most common:
- Hearing dogs
These dogs are trained to warn their owners to sounds such as doorbells or knocks, ringing phones, smoke detector alerts, oven timers, crying babies, and other household noises. Hearing dogs are employed to help persons who are deaf or hard of hearing.
- Guide dogs (also known as “seeing-eye dogs”)
These dogs assist individuals who are blind or visually impaired in navigating around obstacles under the guidance of the person with whom they are paired. Guide dogs give people more confidence in their daily activities.
- Mobility dogs
These dogs assist with physical duties. They help people walk by stabilizing them, turning lights on and off, picking up fallen belongings, opening and closing doors, and so on.
- Medical alert/response dogs
These dogs are capable of detecting seizures before they occur. It’s unclear how these dogs are able to notice this, but it’s possible that they can detect a change in our body chemistry or little muscular movements that people are unable to perceive.
They warn people when something dangerous is going to happen, allowing them time to take medication, transfer to a safe location, or call for help. These dogs can also perform functions such as keeping people from descending stairwells or assisting them in rising to their feet, to name a few.
- Rescue and Search dogs
Search and rescue dogs can help find missing people. They can be used for a range of tasks, including tracking across wilderness areas, identifying individuals after a natural disaster, cadaver search dogs, and rescue and recovery.
- Sniffer Dogs or Detection Dogs
The nose of a dog is a remarkable tool, capable of detecting particular odors even when they have been covered by others. Explosives, drugs, guns, mold, and a variety of other odors are all sniffed out by detection dogs… even bedbugs!
How can humans help dogs?
Although dogs don’t ask for a return on the favors they do for humans, but it’s our duty to treat them well. We can scratch them behind the ears, take them to the park, feed them, and walk them on their favorite routes. A walk with a dog can also help a human get some exercise and stay healthy. There is so much to that creature than just furry paws and hanging tongues. Hence proved, dogs are humans’ best buddies.