Skip The Counseling Session – Get a Dog!

January 28, 2021

Last month a blog in Psychology Today asked the question “Is Your Dog Really Helping You Make It Through the Pandemic?” and then went on to explain about a survey to answer the question. An online survey got responses from 1,900 pet parents in the United States age 18 to 64 who were employed full time. The blog did not explain if these people were working from home or still going into the office at the time frame for the survey.  Here are the results.

Can your dog help with emotional well-being during the Covid-19 pandemic?

smiling pup in savannahThe results (not a surprise to anyone with a dog) showed that 63 percent of respondents claim that their dog is helping to improve their psychological status and reduce stress. The main reason cited for this improvement was that their dog provided companionship and made them feel less lonely.

To me, the really interesting thing about this study is why are the numbers so low? In the best of times, my dogs, and frankly the others at Pet Camp too, improve my psychological status (which I think means makes me feel better); during times like these, my dogs and the time I spend walking with them or brushing them is relaxing and rejuvenating. And as far as being alone, is anyone really alone when they are with their dog?

Your dog or cat can help you go through everyday stress.

Cat relaxing at Cat SafariThese times are stressful beyond measure. We are being asked to isolate ourselves from family, friends and loved ones, and we are being told not to do so many of the things that bring us joy and comfort. For those of us fortunate to have pets, we have always known how much they add to our lives; guess it took a pandemic to get the word out to everyone else.

Has your dog or cat helped you deal with the Covid-19 pandemic? Tell us how.

Stay healthy.


Got a new dog or kitten? Feel free to contact us via email at havingfun.petcamp.com or call us at 415.282.0700 if you have any questions about what you can do to help your puppy or kitty grow and become a healthy and happy pet.

One Response to “Skip The Counseling Session – Get a Dog!”

  1. Guido the Italian Kitty

    For a year of non PURRfect living we been doing, I’ve been helping my Staff organize piles of paper bags that needed to be played with not just stacked in a closet. Now the pile of bags is so tiny cuz Staff tossed most of them in recycle finally when I spread them out on the floor! And I also help compress the newly washed & folded laundry cuz I sit on it to get the puffiness down. Then when Staff is sleeping, I find lil bugs on the wall over her bed and I pounce on those buggies so they don’t attack my Staff. Yup uh huh I’m busy during the Pandemic year helping my Staff the best I can – cuz hey I’m a cat with a job and the job is caring for my Staff in a meowvalous way

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