Conventional medical treatment for depression tends to rely upon clinical approach of prescribing anti-depressants and counselling or cognitive behaviour therapy. That can sometimes mean that depression itself is treated rather than the person’s situation at a more holistic level. The medical establishment has been slow to recognise the psychological benefits of dog rescue and ownership or acknowledge the ways in which the changes in behaviour it drives can address more deep rooted underlying lifestyle issues that contribute to feelings of depression such as social isolation and lack of exercise do not get surfaced or addressed.

Here are two case studies that demonstrate how introducing a dog into your life can drive hugely beneficial lifestyle and behavioural changes that can aid recovery from the symptoms of depression.

Case Study 1 – Sally and Sadie

Case Study 2 – Kerry and Sammy