Bad news for Americans: according to a 2015 study published by the American Psychological Association, we are more anxious than we have ever been before, with our stress levels rising by the year. It’s a sad reality, but it’s also one that can be tackled in a multitude of ways.
Of course, if you find yourself in this category, it’s always best to seek the advice of a trusted doctor first. Once you obtain a plan from them that gels with you and your lifestyle, you can take your own steps to promote some more “zen” in your life.
Our advice? Get a dog! These creatures are some of the most loving, silly, and personable beings to grace the planet. As the old adage goes: “What did we do to deserve dogs?”
Having said that, some dog breeds do a better job of de-stressing their owners than others. Here are 9 dogs that are known for their sweetness, patience, and playful attitude toward life…
These gentle giants might look intimidating, but most are happiest just cuddling with their owners. It’s no wonder why these special doggos are described as being “calm, sensible, patient, and even introspective.” All of the drool really fools you, huh?
The golden retriever is the classic family dog, which makes it the perfect option for particularly active folks. So, if you need a stress-free companion on your nightly runs, this is the dog to get!
If lap dogs are more your speed, then look no further than the perceptive Yorkie. What’s great about these “purse dogs” is that you can take them virtually anywhere and most are happy just to be held and petted all day. It’s like carrying around a stuffed animal–that might lick your face!
Real talk: Chihuahuas get a really bad rap. Sure, some can be awfully “yippy,” but they are also fiercely protective and, usually, super smart. Believe it or not, animal behavior experts say that these dogs are even better guard dogs than most larger, more intimidating-looking breeds. A great choice for those who seek some extra security at home.
Who doesn’t love the “wiener dog”? Though these pups aren’t always the most sociable, their funny appearance and playful spirit are sure to give you quite a stress-relieving chuckle!
Greyhounds are incredibly obedient dogs— so obedient in fact, the breed has been exploited for thousands of years in the popular tradition of greyhound racing. These sweet pups deserve better though, and you deserve their company! They are often cool, calm, collected, and are, surprisingly, great apartment dogs. Sounds like a great friend, huh?
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
These dainty-looking pups are true companion dogs. They truly thrive when they’re by the sides of their owners. A perfect choice for a retiree, a stay-at-home parent, or even a remote worker.
Just look at THAT face! Do we really have to explain to you why pugs relieve stress? They’re pretty much the funniest things on the planet! If you ever need to be cheered up, just walk a pug up a hill— the snorting will have you laughing so hard you’ll forget why you were stressed out in the first place.
Hey, if corgis are good enough for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth herself, they’re good enough for anyone! Yet another fabulous companion dog that will keep you smiling for years to come!
What’s your take on these stress-free dog breeds? Do you own any of these dogs? If so, do you feel like he or she lowers your stress? Would you like to recommend another breed of dog?