Hey I’m Hamit, Certified Dog trainer living in Dubai and Puppy dad to 3 amazing but very different French Bulldogs…

We have known for some time of the many health benefits that come from owning a pet, however recent studies now show they can help us on a much deeper level. Our pets are spiritual beings and can be far more in tune with our emotions than we ever realized. Their free spirit, acceptance and unconditional love can both teach and heal us and because of this we can create a unique bond with them. They seem to know when we are excited, sad, lonely or depressed.

Rupert Sheldrake in his book, “Dogs That Know Their Owners are Coming Home” talks about the telepathic connection between humans and animals, particularly dogs. He documented several cases that showed dogs and cats anticipating the return of their owners by waiting at a door or window; anticipation of them going away; the anticipation of being fed; cats disappearing when their owners intend to take them to the vet; dogs knowing when their owners are planning to take them for a walk; and animals that get excited when their owner is on the telephone, even before the telephone is answered. Sheldrake explained this further, “When a dog is strongly bonded to its owner, this bond persists even when the owner is far away and is, I think, the basis of telepathic communication. I see telepathy as a normal, not paranormal, means of communication between members of animal groups.”

Dogs have been used as service dogs for decades. Not only have they helped those with disabilities but are now trained to detect for serious autoimmune conditions such as diabetes, epilepsy and even cancer. They can sense in advance dangerous drop or increase in levels of sugar in their owners or if they maybe about to have a seizure, allowing them to signal and give pre warning through learned language. It has been proven that dogs can help humans in overcoming various forms of depression, anxiety as well as PTSD. Their unique ability to sense our deepest emotions and body functions have helped saved the lives of millions of people around the world who depend on them daily.

In times of uncertainty, you want to be around those that you love. And for many that may include your furry family members. Humans and pets alike can find comfort in companionship with one another. In fact, the benefits of having pets may impact you more than you may know.

Studies have shown that owning a pet can increase opportunities to exercise, get outside, and socialize. Regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels as well as bringing happiness to their owners. Most households in the United Kingdom have at least one pet.

Scientifically proven health benefits of having a pet include:

· Decreased blood pressure

· Decreased cholesterol levels

· Decreased triglyceride levels

· Increased opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities

· Increased opportunities for socialization

· Help manage loneliness by offering companionship and routine

· Be a positive influence on the children by teaching them pet care

Choosing the right Pet for you and your family.

Many times, a pet may unexpectedly come into your life or you may find or rescue a stray. A family member may surprise you with a pet. Some believe that these wonderful creatures may have suddenly arrived into our life a for a reason, a reason that we may not be aware of at that time. We may not be aware of how much we need them at that time. Some would say despite what you believe, they choose you and not the contrary.

Before choosing your pet, thorough research is recommended, sitting with family members beforehand and asking these important questions to ensure you choose the right fit of animal for your lifestyle:

· Which pet, considering that a cat requires less commitment than a dog?

· Do you have the proper time and commitment to allocate to their wellbeing?

· How long will this animal live?

· How much exercise does the pet need?

· How large will it become?

· How much will veterinary care cost?

· How much space is required, ie Apartment or Villa?

· Is your current community pet friendly?

· Who will look after your pet during vacations?

· Considering young and elderly family members?

It is always recommended to check with your local rescue centres for adoptions and trial adoptions. You can also offer to pet sit for friends and family to ensure that you are making the right decision for you, your family and the pet that comes into your life.