2. You'll Feel More Understood
Humans and other primates — horses, dogs — studies
suggest these are the only animals that can interpret and respond to subtle
facial cues. "Having a dog read you gives you a sense of equilibrium and
helps you feel less alone," says psychologist Chris Blazina, co-author of Men and Their Dogs: A New Understanding of Man's Best Friend. "This
doesn't just provide momentary decompression — it's preventive medicine for
psychological and physical problems."