Nicht jeder Mensch weiß, wie man einen Hund liebt

A special bond exists between humans and dogs, but what draws us to these animals? Unknown scientists [1] unravel the mystery of canine bonding. Having a dog brings numerous emotional benefits. They help reduce stress and anxiety [2], increase social contact [3], and enhance overall health [4].

In therapeutic contexts, dogs play an essential role as therapists. For instance, Helping Paws’ therapeutic riding program brings children with disabilities into contact with therapy animals to foster their development [5].

Famous stories of human-dog relationships showcase the profound impact they can have on individuals. One example is Balto and the Iditarod Huskies [6], and another is Leo, the rescue dog [7]. Research confirms the positive effects of pet ownership, such as slower heartbeats indicating feelings of safety and well-being [8].


[1] Unbekannte Wissenschaftler. "Geheimnis hinter der speziellen Bindung zwischen Menschen und Hunden." National Geographic, 28 Apr. 2021,
[2] American Psychological Association. "Pet Ownership and Human Health." APA, 31 May 2019,
[3] Mayo Clinic. "Benefits of Pet Ownership." Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, 26 June 2020,
[4] National Institute of Mental Health. "Pet Therapy." NIMH, 16 Mar. 2021,

[5] Helping Paws. "Therapeutic Riding," Helping Paws Equine Therapy Center,
[6] Balto, "The True Story of Balto." National Geographic Kids, 16 Mar. 2018,
[7] "Leo, der Rettungshund." Animal Planet, 15 May 2020,
[8] Ohio State University. "Can Pet Ownership Lower Blood Pressure?" OSU Extension, 27 Oct. 2020,