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Dogs and blood pressure in non-dog owners

By Natasha Adamson

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Several studies have shown that the presence of a dog can reduce blood pressure during a stressful situation. A study done in 2001 demonstrated that for blood pressure to be reduced during a stressor the subjects must be dog owners. The purpose of this experiment was to determine if four, one hour, exposures to a dog is sufficient for reducing blood pressure in non-dog owning subjects. Twenty-three volunteers from an undergraduate psychology class were shown three holocaust photographs, in the presence of a familiar dog, unfamiliar dog, or without a dog. The results of the study found that there was a significant difference in blood pressure rate changes as a function of the slightly familiar dog’s presence. The lower blood pressure was associated with the group that was previously exposed to the dog. These data suggest that non-dog owning subjects can experience lowered blood pressures if they are exposed for a short amount of time to a dog prior to testing.

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Marcy Wilhelm-South

Purdue University

Date 2004
Pages 27
Department Psychology
Degree Bachelor's
URL https://scholars.carroll.edu/handle/20.500.12647/3807
Language English
University Carroll College
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  1. Animal roles
  2. Animal science
  3. Blood Pressure
  4. Dogs
  5. Mammals
  6. open access
  7. Pet ownership
  8. Pets and companion animals
  9. Psychiatry and psychology
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  1. open access