How Dogs Can Help with Studying and Reduce Stress

Cheers to every pet owner out there, especially dog owners! Our little canine friends may be known for chewing your boots to shreds or digging a mysterious hole in your backyard, but they are also one of the most loyal and considerate pets you can have.

Research done by explains that the cuteness in puppies/dogs will not just warm your heart, it may relieve you from anxiety and may even help you in studying.

Dogs vs. Stress Level

Forget security, dogs are the newest therapist. They can smell loneliness and depression on their owners. Magical isn’t it? Even men and women wish their partners could understand words they never said!

From a study in Sweden, a single person with a dog reduces his or her chance of death by 33%. Every form of stress, including PTSD, releases a degree of cortisol which in the long run is dangerous to the heart. Since cuddling your dog releases a tangible percentage of oxytocin (which significantly lowers cortisol levels), then this is not far from the truth.

In reality, most dog owners are fitter and trimmer. The joy and the responsibility of walking your dog have a mutualistic benefit in the long run.

Dogs and Study

In my opinion, dogs should be treated as members of the family. They may be man’s best friend and a “lifesaver”; Most kids recognize anyone who helps with school work as one.

Some children with few lines in a stage play, school science presentation, or musical line often rehearse at home with the approving look and pant of a dog sitting opposite them.

Generally, dogs have helped kids perform better than expected in a cruel environment. Kids let out and explain things to a dog especially when their parents are overprotective. I believe the dog understands, though. Their look when responding will convince you.

75% of kids with very bad stuttering problems improve their speech when they get a pet. Also cuddling a pet while reading is like selecting a studying partner that does not nag.

Winnie the Wheaten Terrier

Winnie is a two-and-a-half year old Wheaten Terrier. She is the sweetest and very gentle. She loves going for walks and car rides, playing tug-a-war, meeting new people, giving paw in exchange for treats, having her nine month old Shih Tzu baby brother Bo chase her, playing in the snow, and stealing peoples’ spots on couches or chairs when they get up for a moment. She also loves to get dressed up in bandanas. She even picks out which one she wants to wear herself! Submitted by Clare S.


Bo the Shih Tzu

Bo is a nine month old Shih Tzu. Bo is a little guy, but he definitely doesn’t think that. He is the biggest sweetheart who enjoys nothing more than eating, everything and anything. He loves sleeping on the softest things he can find and playing with the loudest toys he can find. In true little brother fashion, he loves to follow/annoy his big sister Winnie, our two-and-a-half year old wheaten terrier, and play with her. He’s such a joy in our lives! Submitted by Clare S.


What Should You Feed Your Cute Pet Gerbil?

Gerbils make for adorable and quite funny pets. They love to climb and play, and you can spend hours watching their antics. However, the right nutrition is essential for them to stay healthy and active and complete their entire lifespan. Here is a brief overview of the different kinds of food you can feed your pet gerbil. Sites like homepethelp can provide you with more details.

1. Seed Mixes

You can give your pet gerbil seeds mixed with dried vegetables and fruits. When you give them a mix, you might find that they will only eat the bits they like the most and leave the rest. If allowed to continue, this could lead to dietary imbalance, so you should figure out what they like and include them in the mix so that they finish everything. Try not to add too many sunflower seeds as they can be a little fatty.

2. Gerbil Pellets

You can buy these pellets at the store, and they are made with all the items that a gerbil would eat. However, since they are all rolled into one, your pet won’t be able to pick and choose, and it will result in a well-balanced diet. However, serving these pellets during every meal could be monotonous for him or her, so that you could alternate them with fruit mixes.

3. Treats

Who doesn’t like a treat from time to time? Well, it is the same for your gerbil. You can give them occasional treats by giving them fruits and vegetables that they like. However, since they are small animals, please do not feed them too much as it could lead to diarrhea. You can give them berries, green apples, broccoli, and carrots. You can give them kidney beans once or twice a week as well. Cheese is a favorite with all rodents, so they make great treats too. You can check out resources like Homepethelp for more information about the ideal gerbil diet.

4. Nuts and Grains

Nuts in small portions are suitable for gerbils, but you should not give them too much since they are fatty. It is good to mix them with grains like wheat or barley. You could give them plain cereals or also bread made from whole grains. They like them, and maybe they could have their breakfast with you too! You can also give them raisins and currants.

How to Feed Your Gerbil

Not just the right diet, but feeding your gerbil in the right way is also equally important. Do not give your gerbil a food item if you see they don’t like it or do not finish their food. When you bring the gerbil home for the first time, it could take a while to figure out what they like. Never force them to eat something if they do not like it. Remove unfinished food as it might decompose, and the gerbil might eat it again when hungry. Stick to food timings and avoid giving them snacks too often.

You could also give your gerbil meat or eggs from time to time, but it is not needed. You can give them small amounts of mealworms for their protein intake, but since they are small creatures, they get most of the nutrients from plant sources, if you choose right. Just make sure all the food items are free from pesticides and you have washed them well.

Riptide Roo the Fox Terrier

This is Riptide Roo (middle name when he gets in trouble 🤣🤣). He is almost eight months old. He is a “smooth fox terrier” but does not have matching snout and ears of the typical Fox Terrier. I think he’s a mix. He loves people of all kinds, and is especially protective of kiddos. He likes to snooze (like mama) and to wake up early sometimes on his own time and take the day how it comes (usually centered around him and in his favor. Submitted by Madelyne P.


Hazel Rain the Toy Australian Shepherd

Miss Hazel is the perfect mix of spunky and the world’s best companion. She was born on August 6th, 2019 🍼 . She was brought home at nine weeks old weighing five pounds 🏡 . She is currently one year old weighing 12.5 lbs. Hazel has always had the comfort of security since birth. The first nine weeks of her life were spent with her mom and her three siblings from the same litter, and as soon as Hazel was taken to her furever home, she was introduced to her new “sister,” Harley, our two year old standard Australian Shepherd 🐶💕. Regardless of the size difference, these two immediately bonded and are now BFF’s 🐶🐶. Hazel warms up easily to new faces, including children, since she’s been raised around family and friends always visiting. After seeing Hazel, you can’t help but wanna snuggle her! Because of this, she now loves the attention to the point where she’ll make a little growl if we don’t acknowledge her or hold her when she’s next to you 😅. We have so many funny videos of this. Snuggly, affectionate and cute, yet active, playful and holds her own. We are so blessed to have this little lady and can’t help but wanna share her cuteness! Submitted by Mom Bethany and Dad Kyle G.