Does having pets in the home create or relieve stress?

Hi. I am a 17 year old senior in high school, and as a teenager, stress is a major obstacle that affects us everyday.

When you wake up at the ripe time of about 6 am, go to school, encounter friends and or enemies, sit in a desk for 90 minutes at a time, and go home, you get pretty tired of the same schedule everyday. Some teenagers play sports, do after school activities, and even work as soon as the last school bell rings. Besides our hobbies and passions, there are not alot of stress relievers in our lives.

I would have to agree that pets relieve stress in our homes. To some of us, you could say that our pet is our best friend. They don’t ever have anything to say, they are with us when we are happy or upset, and they even love us when they have done something bad. A pet lets us realize that we don’t have to let our lives be overrun by worrying about tomorrow or whats going to happen if this person does this or that.

The wonderful thing about animals is the simple fact that they are amoral, meaning they are not involved with what is right or what is wrong. Animals learn by memory. If you let your pet comfort you whenever you are upset, then they will continue to do so. The same applies to if you are in total bliss at the moment. Pets have a way of knowing our emotions for the moment. They can tell if we are happy, sad, rejoiceful, or mad. Memory lets them know how to react to our emotional situation from previous occurrences.

With pets, there is no such thing as choosing the “wrong pet”. Pets are all capable of reacting in similar matters to each emotion. But I must warn you, if you decide to venture into a steamy jungle or arid desert, I would not recommend finding a pet in those areas. Practically any animal is suitable to characterized as a pet. Dogs, cats, fish, birds, rabbits, and even frogs can be a good pet. It’s all about what you think of your pet.

I have 3 dogs, two which are off springs of my first dog. I love them, although they are chewers. When I come home, I can expect to see them at the gate waiting for me. They are not the brightest, but they do a wonderful job at keeping me company. And of course, I have to think about feeding them, walking them, bathing them, making sure they visit the vet, and keeping their diet healthy, but they seem to repay me by always being there. If you think about it, a pet can act somewhat like we are a child of theirs.

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