Pupular Science: How Dogs Help Quality of Life for Individuals with Disabilities

We love when science proves what dog lovers already know: A new study discovered that owning a service dog can significantly improve quality of life for individuals with physical and hearing disabilities.

Researchers from the University of Lincoln in the UK compared quality-of life ratings between two groups of people: Individuals with a trained service dogs, and individuals who had qualified for a service dog but who had been placed on a waiting list. Both groups had either a physical or hearing disability. The scientists observed that individuals who had already been paired with a dog had significantly higher quality of life — that is, they reported better health, comfort, and happiness.

“Owning a service dog can bring significant specific and potentially general benefits to the quality of life of individuals with physical disabilities and hearing impairments,” the study’s authors say. “These benefits may have considerable implications for individuals with disabilities, society and the economy by promoting independence, learning and working abilities.”

Who’s a good boy? You are, service dog. You are.

[Related: Meet Freida, the Life-Changing Assistance Dog, Service-Dog Scams, Service Dogs for MN Veterans, Local Service-Dog Organizations]

Leave a Comment