Relationship Challenges

Learn how pets are good for your relationship.

Is a pet good for your relationship? The great pet debate has been going on for years. Sure, they provide companionship and they will love you unconditionally. Pets are also a good way to see how you would work together as a couple raising a child.

Pets can help your relationship.

I myself am a pet lover. I grew up with cats and dogs, and for a time bunnies. They provided unconditional love to me throughout my childhood and into adulthood. Now, I am a cat owner. One of the best things at the end of the day is coming home to see my cat. My cat is also a great travel companion. If I'm not going on too long of a road trip, I will take my cat with me. If I'm traveling alone, the trip goes by much faster.

When you are in a relationship, it's easy to rely on your partner to soothe you. But, your partner may not always be available to soothe you or soothe you in the way you want. This is where a pet can be helpful. They are always there to soothe you. This will help make you feel loved and cared for.

Here are 5 reasons pets can help your relationship:

  1. Pets can help you get a better nights sleep. Studies have found that people report better sleep when sleeping with a pet. Sleep is very important. You here it all the time, America is sleep deprived. The best thing you can do for yourself is get a good nights rest. This will help you with focus and it will also help with your mood. 

  2. Pets make people nicer. Pets help you interact with other people. They also help you interact in more positive ways. They are also great at greeting you. This will help make you feel better, this can help make you a nicer person. 

  3. Pet owners are less likely to suffer from a mood disorderStudies have found that pets are good therapy. They can decrease anxiety and depression. They encourage playfulness and exercise. Pets help you feel more secure. They provide valuable companionship. This is good for your brain and your heart.

  4. Cuddling is good for you and your partner. Studies have shown that you feel better when you have physical contact. Touch is good for you physically and mentally. You can't argue the benefits of touch. It doesn't matter if it comes from another human, or your pet. Hugging naturally releases oxytocin. This is a hormone that reduces stress. It will also boost your levels of serotonin and dopamine. So, go for it and hug your pet. This will help make you feel happy. 

  5. Pets help create consistency. Not only does being a pet owner help with happiness, it also brings responsibility. Adding a little bit of responsibility to your life can help bring focus, and routine to your life. The responsibilities that go with taking care of a pet may seem simple. But, they help remind you that you can take care of yourself. 

Pets are like family, so take good care of them. They will only love you more back for it. You hear it all the time, people are more stressed out than ever these days. Stress is the number one killer. Not only are pets good for your relationship, they help reduce stress. This means they can help improve your health.

If you don't have a pet and you are thinking about getting one, it's good to talk it over with your partner. Discuss any fears or concerns that you have. It's not unusual to feel this way when you are thinking about getting a pet. You can volunteer at your local animal shelter to see how you like it. You can also see what type of pet may work best for you.

With a little TLC, you will become a great pet owner. When you have a new pet, it may be helpful to hire a trainer. Especially, with a dog. They do make great companions, but it may take a little work in the beginning. 

If you liked this article, there are more in Relationship Challenges. All relationships go through highs and lows. Eventually the honeymoon is over. You will find helpful tips on what to do when your relationship starts go grow stale.

Lianne Avila is a Marriage & Family Therapist helping couples in San Mateo, CA who are looking to rebuild a close emotional connection and get their relationship back on track. Please subscribe to Lianne’s newsletter on www.LessonsforLove.com to learn more about her services and expertise.

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