Wednesday, 14 May 2014

A Real Best Friend

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 (Photo credit: EuroMagic)

I have been wanting to get a dog for a long time. Myself and my husband now work from home however we have a flat and I would rather wait for the time in the future where we have a house with a garden, to let the dog out in an emergency. I have had two dogs in the past and I would love to get another one, one day I will.

We all know dogs are a mans best friend, they are so loving and affectionate in general, and incredibly loyal too. However I didn't realise all the remarkable things they are capable of. 

These are some of the things they can do

Help those with Autism

Research has shown that they help reduce the stress of an autism suffer, as well as helping them in social situations.

Help those with depression

Looking after a dog can provide health benefits for those with depression by providing routine, activity and exercise as well as companionship.

Help those with diabetes

With training dogs can be used to detect low blood sugar in those with diabetes. They are also great at alerting others if an attack has occurred by barking and bringing attention to the situation.

Help those with epilepsy

It's amazing to think that dogs can detect seizures before they happen. It is still not known how they do it but researchers think they detect subtle changes in scent or human behaviour. 

Helping those with food allergies

Dogs can be trained to detect substances that you are allergic to, for example peanuts.

As you can see, dogs are so much more than mans best friend, they can be a vital help to those in need.




Infographic courtesy of Bolt Burdon Kemp 

Do you have a dog? Have they ever helped you in need? Did you know some of the amazing things dogs can do?

* post in collaboration with Bolt Burdon Kemp
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15 comments

  1. I love dogs, I had a dog when I was younger but she got really ill and had to be put down. She was like my best friend and always lifted my mood. She'd protect me again everyone even if someone was shouting at me.
    I've heard of dogs that help people with fits and I think it is amazing what they can do with some training!

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    1. I am so sorry to hear that about your dog. Yes it is amazing what they can do when they are well trained.

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  3. Aw, love the dog in this photo, looks just like a neat version of mine. Dogs are amazing and this post sums up why really well!

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    1. I think they are too, thanks for your comment Judith.

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  4. We'd love a dog too, but, like you, I want to wait until we have a bit more space. They're remarkable creatures - my other half told me that it's claimed they can detect cancer through smell...

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    1. Yes I have heard that too, I think they are remarkable as well.

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  5. Dogs are AWESOME! I have had my dog for almost 2 years, I can't imagine life without him. He is my baby, love him more then words can say, he is so much fun, brightens up my world. hope you get a dog soon :) xx

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    1. I know how much you love your dog Lucy! He sounds like a very loving creature.

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  6. We lost our springer a few years ago and I very much miss having a dog in the house. He was brilliant when the babies arrived, and never left their side if someone new came into the house. I hope to get another dog in the next few years, when life has settled down a bit, I can't really imagine a childhood without a dog in the house. What sort of dog do you think you'll go for next time?

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    1. I am sorry to hear that. My husband like terriers but I like spaniels. I am not sure really at this stage but not a big dog.

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    1. They are indeed Claire. They do take time and effort to look after though but they are so worth it.

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  8. My husband had a dog growing up and he loved it. I'm a bit more of a cat person though..

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    1. You must be caring people to love animals :)

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