The Bolognese is described as an
“Anti-Depressant Dog”. Read more to find out why!
Depression can be caused by feelings
of sorrow, loneliness, stress, low self-esteem, poor health,
or a combination of sources. These sources of depression can
be alleviated by having a pet. The Bolognese breed has special
characteristics which make it particularly suitable for combating
The American Rare Breed Association classifies the Bolognese
as a “companion” dog and states that “companion
dogs have been a comfort to Kings and Queens over the years”.
The Bolognese is especially known for his love and devotion
to his owner and family. This breed loves companionship and
truly enjoys being with people. This can be such a comfort
to those who are feeling lonely or who have recently suffered
the loss of a loved one. This precious dog prefers to follow
his owner around the home rather than being left alone in
a room. It is this special bond which enables the Bolognese
to be such a help in combating sorrow and loneliness in depression.
Research has shown that petting a dog
can lower a persons stress, heart rate, and blood pressure.
When people pet a dog they feel better. The Bolognese has
a beautiful soft white fluffy coat which absolutely invites
physical touch. This coat is also odor free, hypo-allergenic
and non-shedding. Because the Bolognese needs to be brushed
often this provides another soothing opportunity for both
owner and pet to connect. Bolognese love contact and attention,
giving their owners plenty of time to de-stress with gentle
In addition, laughter has been found
to have many positive health benefits including stress reduction.
Bolognese dogs make people laugh. These alert, playful dogs
are known for making up their own fun games. They love to
stand on their hind legs and wave their front paws in the
air much like a one dog circus act. Bolognese are great entertainers
with their responsive, cheerful dispositions. Their antics
often bring smiles of delight and joyful laughter to their
owners and families.
The Bolognese dog seems to know what
his owner wants and is eager to please. This intuitive little
dog offers love and unconditional acceptance which can aid
those with low self-esteem. People are more willing to share
their thoughts and feelings with this adorable pet than with
others who may not offer approval. This allows the person
with low self-esteem to verbalize and order his thoughts while
receiving affection from this devoted companion.
Exercise and contact with the outside
world are also excellent combatants against depression. The
Bolognese enjoys going for walks and makes an easy conversation
starter with others. This dog's unique, rare breed and playfulness
often invite attention and approval a person may be lacking.
Dogs are often used in pet therapy for
the elderly, children and even chemotherapy patients. The
benefits of physical contact along with diverting attention
from personal problems and relieving boredom can improve health
and reduce depression. Because this precious pet must be taken
out, walked, fed and brushed, it gives those who are depressed
a happy reason to get up in the morning. The favorable Bolognese
breed can give additional purpose and joy to those who are
seeking comfort and relief from depression.
Anxiety in the heart
of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.