How Dogs can relieve stress levelsThe reason why I chose this topic on how dogs relieve stress levels is because I have three dogs at home. I got interested by this topic when I was just looking things up about dogs and I had found something on how if you look into a dog’s eyes the dog affects the oxytocin part of the brain and triggers it and makes you happy. High blood pressure and and high cortisol levels are symptoms of stress. You mainly have stress at work or school, and that is why some workplaces allow you to bring your dog to relieve your stress. The less stress you have the better you do at work or school. Multiple studies indicate that pets are powerful forms of stress relief, lowering not only blood pressure but also harmful stress hormones like cortisol, which is associated with depression and anxiety, and elevating beneficial ones like oxytocin, which is linked to happiness and relaxation. In one study, patients who spent a short amount of time with a dog before upcoming treatment operation experienced a 37 percent reduction in their anxiety levels, perhaps because the animal’s presence helped distract them from their concerns.Playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol.(https://science.howstuffworks.com/life/pets-happiness1.htm)Research conducted by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked 643 children aged between 4 and 10 over the course of 18 months, with parents quizzed about their kids’ body mass index (BMI), physical activity, screen time, and mental health. While the study found no difference in BMI, screen time, or amount of physical activity between the kids with dogs and the kids without dogs, there was a noticeable variation in their levels of anxiety.Research conducted by the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tracked 643 children aged between 4 and 10 over the course of 18 months, with parents quizzed about their kids’ body mass index (BMI), physical activity, screen time, and mental health. While the study found no difference in BMI, screen time, or amount of physical activity between the kids with dogs and the kids without dogs, there was a noticeable variation in their levels of anxiety.”Pet dogs could reduce childhood anxiety, particularly social and separation anxiety, by various mechanisms,” the researchers report. “A pet dog can stimulate conversation – an ice-breaking effect that can alleviate social anxiety via a social catalyst effect. Companionship with a pet can alleviate separation anxiety and strengthen attachment.”Oxytocin, a hormone known to aid social bonding and reduce anxiety, could also have a part to play, the study suggests:”Social interaction of humans and dogs may also lead to increased oxytocin levels in both the human and the dog. Interacting with a friendly dog also reduces cortisol levels most likely through oxytocin release, which attenuates physiological stress. (https://www.sciencealert.com/having-a-dog-can-reduce-anxiety-and-stress-in-children-study-finds)A 2013 study found that walking a dog during the workday is really good for you. The study found that not only does the physical activity involved relieve stress, but walking with a dog can also lead to more positive social interactions. Sometimes children are more comfortable interacting with animals than they are with other humans. Such was the case in a 2012 study that found that boys with insecurity or attachment issues were less stressed when hanging out with a friendly dog. The findings from this study helped implement further use of dogs in schools and in special education. (https://thenoseprint.com/article/ask-the-expert-do-dogs-help-relieve-stress)https://www.factretriever.com/dog-fact The shape of a dog’s face suggests how long it will live. Dogs with sharp, pointed faces that look more like wolves typically live longer. Dogs with very flat faces, such as bulldogs, often have shorter lives. One of Shakespeare’s most mischievous characters is Crab, the dog belonging to Launce in the Two Gentlemen of Verona. The word “watchdog” is first found in The Tempest. A dog can locate the source of a sound in 1/600 of a second and can hear sounds four times farther away than a human can. The oldest known dog bones were found in Asia and date as far back as 10,000 B.C. The first identifiable dog breed appeared about 9000 B.C. and was probably a type of Greyhound dog used for hunting. Dog nose prints are as unique as human fingerprints and can be used to identify them. The oldest dog on record was an Australian cattle dog named Bluey who lived 29 years and 5 months. In human years, that is more than 160 years old! A person standing still 300 yards away is almost invisible to a dog. But a dog can easily identify its owner standing a mile away if the owner is waving his arms. The best dog to reportedly attract a date is the Golden Retriever. The worst is the Pit Bull. The Akita is one of the most challenging dogs to own. Some insurance companies have even characterized it as the #1 “bad dog” and may even raise an Akita owner’s homeowner insurance costs. Toto (the dog from Wizard of Oz) reportedly earned $125 per week of filming, but each Munchkin actor earned just $50! At the end of WWI, the German government trained the first guide dogs for war-blinded soldiers. French poodles did not originate in France but in Germany (“poodle” comes from the German pudel or pudelhund, meaning “splashing dog”). Some scholars speculate the poodle’s puffs of hair evolved when hunters shaved the poodle for more efficient swimming, while leaving the pom-poms around the major joints to keep them warm. Dogs have sweat glands in between their paws. The first dogs were self-domesticated wolves which, at least 12,000 years ago, became attracted to the first sites of permanent human habitation. The term “dog days of summer” was coined by the ancient Greeks and Romans to describe the hottest days of summer that coincided with the rising of the Dog Star, Sirius. A dog most likely interprets a smiling person as baring their teeth, which is an act of aggression. Within hours of the September 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center, specially trained dogs were on the scene, including German Shepherds, Labs, and even a few little Dachshunds. This paragraph needs a source.