I talk a lot about FIT-DOG TRAINING and getting the endorphins flowing. The sprinkle of happy dust that’s magnetic to your dogs senses. What if I told you that these endorphins are said to be produce a euphoric feeling and can do much more than send your dog in to a love filled spiral as they use their amazing olfactory system to hunt down your trail of happiness. Endorphins are an amazing natural feel good chemical that is released in the brain during periods of exercise and can boost mood disorders and provide relief to people with conditions such as depression and anxiety. Now, I’m not suggesting that it’s the only thing you should do if you think you may have depression or anxiety, nope, you should definitely talk to a doctor, which I am not, however, what I am saying is if you are in need of a mood boost, endorphins are your friend and therefore exercise is your best friend holding the key to unlocking these bad boys for some respite.
Whilst I’m still going on about happy chemicals like a crazy happy fairy, lets discuss another chemical called Oxytocin. Oxytocin has been labelled the love hormone. It produces feelings of closeness and calm. The bond between canine and human can have an Oxytocin releasing effect and it is suggested in sciencemag.org that human-dog interactions can elicit the same type of Oxytocin positive feedback loop as seen between mothers and their infants. This is why we all want to be stay home dog Mums or Dads.. right? I’m sure I'm not the only one.
As the hunt for scientific backing continued, I stumbled across a study that made me smile each time I read it. I smiled because I know it to be so incredibly true. The research is titled Tails of Laughter (Valeri) and published in the Society & Animals, Volume 14, Issue 3 2006, it states that ‘Dogs may serve as friends with whom to laugh or their behaviors may provide a greater source of laughter’. You know it’s true! So there it is again.. happiness. Because laughter also releases those feel good chemicals in our brain called.. you guessed it.. endorphins!
Now I'm not a Doctor or Scientist but my experience with dogs and fitness is all the evidence I need to know they make me happy.
So, is your mind blown with explosions of happiness? If not, go and hug your dog and then take him or her for a walk and test the theory for yourself.
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Emma and Ayla xx