We talk all the time about the needs of our rabbit dogs and what we must do to ensure their proper care and continued good health. Whether it is vet care, food and nutrition, grooming, or housing, there is a lot we do to keep our rabbit dogs in optimum condition. Ask most people about the return on their rabbit dog investment and they will likely reply with an answer that involves rabbits and rabbit hunting, but in truth, having rabbit dogs is beneficial outside of the hunt field as well as in it.
Let's forget for a moment about having rabbit on the table and instead think about the many other reasons why dogs are important. For starters, it just feels good to have a dog. Research has shown that dog owners have significantly lower blood pressure and heart rates when stressed than those who do not own dogs. Dog owners have also demonstrated an ability to recover from health setbacks more quickly as well. After all, what is more motivation to get better than a rabbit dog eagerly awaiting a hunting excursion? Not much!
We all have days when it seems like life is out to get us, but having rabbit dogs to come home to makes those days easier to bear. Whether it is a bad day at work or a disagreement with someone you love, the gentle nuzzle of a rabbit dog muzzle will help you feel better. Dogs do not pass judgement but do listen without interruption and quell loneliness, which is all the more reason to have rabbit dogs in your life.
If you're going through a tough time, having a rabbit dog can take you away from your troubles. Dogs have been shown to distract us from our problems, giving us a temporary reprieve from that which troubles us. They alter our behavior when we need it most and captivate our attention when we are wasting it in a negative place. It is hard to be angry or feel down when you hear the gentle thump of rabbit dog's wagging tail.
Physical contact promotes healing and has been shown to reduce stress. Cortisol levels decrease while oxytocin levels increase and blood pressure and heart rate is lowered by something as simple as a hug. Physical contact is also calming as far as fear is concerned. These reasons and many more are exactly why we should stop, drop, and pet our rabbit dogs. It's for your own good, after all.
If you have a child growing up who needs some lessons in responsibility (or maybe you yourself need some polish), adding rabbit dogs to the equation is a great way to teach responsibility. Having a purpose is a good way to build self-esteem and teaches people to apply themselves and take ownership of a task. It also creates structure and enables us to learn to create a schedule. When we succeed at such tasks, we get a feeling of accomplishment as well as positive reinforcement and we all know the utmost positive reinforcement is a tail wagging in thanks.
Although some might say rabbit dogs serve a specific purpose on the hunt field, that is not their exclusive purpose. They actually do much more for us than we may realize or even acknowledge. Just as we appreciate a rabbit dog working well and driving rabbits our way, we should appreciate the work they do off the clock as well. After all, they could be enriching your life in ways you may not have even known until now.
In what ways do your rabbit dogs make you feel good? How do you relax with them outside of hunting? Let us know how a dog does you good in the comments.