Friends — this is a very serious investigation.
My Havanese dog Poppy is such a joy. But although she is very cute, awfully affectionate and a small ball of fluff... I'm not ashamed to say that she's hard work. Most dogs are. They give you their all, but in return, you have to give them 100 per cent too. Sometimes, that's pretty tiring. And it's not spoken about enough.
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After having my dog for three years now, I've reflected on that time and think I'm an overall happier person, or maybe a more fulfilled person.
But is it the dog specifically that has made me chirpier? Popular culture tells us yes, but let's see what science says.
Dogs are intuitive. And nice.
Dr Michelle Farbotko is a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience and she is also the Founder and Director of W. A. G. Therapy, an animal-assisted psychology clinic in Brisbane. At the clinic they have trained therapy dogs as part of their work to help kids, teens and adults with mental health needs.