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You’ll Forge New Connections
Owning a pet brings a whole new world of social opportunity and happy interaction, especially if you opt for a dog. At home you will interact with your dog each and every day, but head out to the park or for a walk around the block, and you will meet other dog owners. Your pets are your connection, and a great icebreaker when you’re meeting for the first time.
Simply relaxing with a pet for a few minutes can make it easier to talk to other people in your life as well, including your doctor. In a study published in the journal Pain Medicine, patients who spent time with a friendly dog in the waiting room felt significantly calmer and relaxed for their appointments, which also led to more productive doctor-patient discussions.