Understanding the Relationship between Animals and Human
The mannerisms of an animal sometimes are similar to human feelings. This is translated as a bonding that is of value which results into loyalty, security and companionship that assist in developing social and emotional abilities in children. Children get knowledge from experiences with animals and learn to translate these experiences with other people. For example when a child has a traumatic experience of separation, having an animal helps with the recovery from this experience.
Animals bond with people without prejudice of ethic and norms as they bring out a feeling of acceptance. To be approved is important. Obstacles like uncertainty do not affect this relationship as the children develop trust and this later is passed on interpersonal relationships.
Children and young people communicate to animals by emotions. This greatly helps in therapy process as words are not important as opposed to emotion which is an important language in this relationship.
The dynamism of this relationship influences physiological and psychological state of human and animal bond. Animal contact with human reduces blood pressure, anxiety and brings out a vibrant feeling. When children observe animal behaviors they learn to be maternal and become exceptional parents to their children. Reports from studies show that people who are isolated e.g. in nursing homes, prisons, hospitals, hospices have a positive outlook of happiness and well being. They benefit from the therapeutic value of having animals close to them.