12 Reasons Why Dogs Help With Depression and Anxiety

The World Health Organization declared April 7th, 2017 as World Health Day, a day focusing on mental health, but it’s also a year-long campaign which aims to educate, raise awareness and help people suffering from mental illness.

Depression, Anxiety, and other mental health issues now affect over 300 million people worldwide according to the WHO and we think that more needs to be done to educate and inform just how tough this illness can be. It’s usually also the underlying cause of many other social issues.

Those of us who have a dog in our life, knows just how important they are for keeping us fit, socializing and living life to the full.

We think that having a dog in your life can really help with coping and so does Andy and the team at Pet Gear Lab. They’ve created this infographic to highlight 12 reasons why a dog can help you cope with depression and anxiety.

This is what it looks like:

12 reasons why a dog can help you cope with depression and anxiety.

Head on over to Andy’s site to find out more about how dogs are a great asset to your life


  1. Katherine says:

    This is such a fantastic infographic! My dog sure is a good listener too as this graphic points out 🙂 In fact, I have become much more happier having a dog around the house.

  2. Pet Lover says:

    Indeed, this is 100% right. The dog does not only help you to get rid of depression and anxiety but also made your boring life interesting. After 2 dogs for 3 years, I cannot thing to live without them. They were there for me when I was depressed and need someone to share my feeling. So, don’t consider the dog’s just another animal or pet but a special pet who can be life changing if you are living alone or have very few friends to talk with.

  3. Anna Sakila says:

    Getting a dog can change the way you are able to manage your anxiety and depression; however, thousands of dogs are abandoned at shelters every year, because dog owners were unaware of how much time and money a dog requires. So it’s important to consider him/her specific requirements and many things else before getting one.

  4. Jarred says:

    Hello, thank you for this useful inforgraphic. I owe my life to my dogs, they’ve always been there for me, and proved how they care for me. During the mid year of 2014, it was very rough in my personal life as well as my career. I was alone with my dogs for several months, keeping my distance away from people, but not from my dogs. I felt like if they weren’t around, depression would have led me another way. I felt like my dog’s presence gave me the motivation to move on. My dog’s presence gave me the courage to my face my problems, and not shy away from it. I owe my life to my dogs.

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