by Jill Londagin
It is well known that your service dog can perform tasks that are vital to your mental health like medication retrieval or arousal during nightmares, but they can also assist in other ways that are important to your overall health.
Being the owner of a service dog also requires you to get out and provide them daily exercise, not only does this benefit your service dog but benefits you as well. Studies have shown that by walking your dog, you are more likely to meet guideline for daily physical activity, which can provide numerous benefits to your health such as lowering your chances for heart disease and diabetes.
Other studies have also shown that interactions with animals cause biochemical changes in both the person and the animal, such as lowering blood pressure and inhibiting the production of stress hormones. So it’s time to get out and enjoy the weather with your four-legged service dog, and know that not only are you contributing to your mental health but to your overall well-being.
Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the author and do not reflect an official position of the US Army or Department of Defense.