The dog is known as “man’s best friend” for a reason. Dogs have served humans as hunters, guardians, companions, and entertainment. Dogs embody a unique combination of instincts, ranging from their prey drive to play drive, and are fiercely protective of and loyal to their pack. It is because of the wide range of abilities and connection to humans that dogs serve as a wonderful therapeutic tool – especially for addicts, who tend to have trust issues.
Dogs provide a kind of unconditional love and affection that is not found in any other animal, and which is also free of the complexities in a human relationship. Training a dog and setting boundaries can be challenging, thus providing many opportunities for the addict to develop self-confidence, respect, and patience.
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