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Want to be Stress Free at Work? Bring Your Dog To Office, Says Research

, Felines have roughly the same stress-relieving benefits as pooches.

London, June 1, 2019: It has been said that the “Best Therapist has fur and four legs” and dogs are indeed man’s best friend and amazing therapist. If a recent researched is to be believed, bringing your dogs to work can help you to keep yourself stress free.

“It’s definitely good for the work atmosphere to have a dog in the office,” Marie-José Enders, who studies the relationship between animals and humans at England’s Open University, recently, told Business Insider.“Not only does your cortisol level drop when you stroke a dog; you also produce more of the hormone oxytocin, which makes you feel more relaxed and happy,” Enders added.

If you’re a cat lover, don’t panic, felines have roughly the same stress-relieving benefits as pooches! Behavioral psychologist Lotte Spijkerman went on to tell Business Insider that both animals can “reduce stress and increase productivity, because they interact with you of their own accord. When they pop over to your work station, it’s a good reminder that you might need to take a break,” Spijkerman explained.

A 2012 study performed by by Virginia Commonwealth University reached a similar conclusion. As part of the study, researchers measured saliva samples from several groups of employees: those who had brought their dogs to work, those who had not, and those who did not have any pets. The results showed that while all three of the groups had similar levels of “baseline” stress, at the end of the day, employees who did not bring their dogs to work had significantly higher stress level. Additionally, on days when employees did not bring their dogs to work, the “owner’s stress increased thought the day, mirroring the pattern of the NODOG group.”

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