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The Psychosocial Effects of Living with a Bichon Frisé

According to John Bradshaw’s Dog Sense: How the New Science of Dog Behavior Can Make You A Better Friend to Your Pet, today’s veterinarians teach their clients the importance of a pet ownership to a family, and the extent to which familes benefit from the psychological effects of living with a companion animal. The unconditional love and companionship of a Bichon Frisé is highly comforting during stressful periods of people’s lives making them one of the top recommended companion dogs to own. Studies have shown that owning a companion dog helps to protect us against depression and loneliness. Elderly women living alone and college age women score high for experiencing less loneliness with a loving companion pet like the Bichon Frise, too. Patients with Alzheimer’s disease also benefit greatly from a companion animal. Elderly people owning dogs show less frequency of medical visits to doctors, suggesting that dog ownership is a buffer against their life’s stresses.

Companion dog ownership also allows for social interactions with other people and for people with few friends, they provide a terrific way to meet other people while in public. Even one person with a dog is considered to have ‘a family unit.’ The Bichon Frisé always provides us with a warm greeting and recognition when we come home. The motivating role animals play in preventing depression is astounding because most people who have a dog, decide to get outdoors and walk them. Some even take them into nursing homes to offer comfort to others, which in turn, gives satisfaction to the dog owner. We benefit from nurturing them. Without a pet like the Bichon Frisé, these people would otherwise be less involved and engaged and stay indoors even to the point of depression.

It is proven that the daily comfort, socialization and motivation offered by a loving companion like the Bichon Frise also gives us heart benefits. Blood pressure decreases when a person interacts with their dog. Cardiovascular measures were better amongst pet owners than non-pet owners in a large Australian study. Two studies indicated that pet ownership was related to decreased mortality rates amongst pet owners. Recently, survival for one year following a heart attack was found to be more likely among people with companion dogs, such as the Bichon Frisé, and human social support. Overall our loving companion pets like the Bichon Frise not only lift our spirits but they help us live longer, happier and more fulfilling lives!