Best Dogs for Stressed Out People

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Life is stressful, but it turns out, one of the most rewarding ways to manage stress is to own a pet. Studies  have shown pet owners have “lower heart rates and blood pressure levels  and reacted better to psychological and physical stress and recovered  faster from those stresses.” And these are the dog breeds with the most  soothing power.

  • Chihuahuas - These little guys are less than six  pounds and pretty low maintenance because they don’t require much  exercise and just need a sweater when it gets chilly. A chihuahua will  shower you with attention and distract you from life’s stresses.
  • Cocker Spaniels - These dogs are fluffy, sweet and  child-friendly and Animal Planet says this breed is also good at  connecting with kids dealing with mental health or emotional challenges,  so stress doesn’t stand a chance.
  • Corgis - According to the American Kennel Club,  they’re obedient and loyal “without being needy.” And the fact they’re  quick to bond with humans makes them great companion dogs for nursing  home residents and people with disabilities, too.
  • Dachshunds - It’s easy to ease anxiety with a playful and affectionate wiener dog.
  • French Bulldogs - When you’re loving on a squishy-faced Frenchie, how could anything be wrong?
  • Golden or Labrador Retrievers - Labs and Goldens  are the most popular therapy, guide and rescue dogs. They’re really  smart and easy to train and a joy to be around with their happy  temperaments.
  • Greyhounds - These gentle giants can sprint up to  35-miles per hour, but they like to lie around a lot. These dogs rarely  bark and are known for being really sweet and you can’t stay stressed  when a greyhound “hugs” its hundred-pound body against your legs.
  • Saint Bernards - These massive teddy bears can grow  to 180-pounds, but they’re not that active and only require moderate  exercise. And with their soulful eyes and calm demeanors, you’ll feel  more zen around them.
  • Yorkies - A Yorkie became the first-ever therapy dog after Charles Mayo  of the Mayo Clinic took one with him on rounds to see injured naval  officers during World War II and the Yorkie lifted their spirits so  much. Plus these pups are tight with their owners and you can take them  anywhere thanks to their tiny size.

Source: PureWow

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