MEET MY BEAR PUPPY! | Health Benefits of Having a Dog | Doctor Mike

MEET MY BEAR PUPPY! | Health Benefits of Having a Dog | Doctor Mike

– You guys probably know that
I have a pup Husky named Roxy, and while I thought that
it’s cool to own a dog, I think it’d be so much
cooler to own a bear. Meet Bear Varshavski. ♪ Bippity-bop and hippity-hop ♪ ♪ I’m as happy as I can be ♪ ♪ I’m gonna dum, dum,
dum, and zippity zoom ♪ ♪ Love is sweet, love is
grand, it works wonderfully ♪ ♪ Woooh, we bop and zippity-hop ♪ ♪ I’m as happy as I can be ♪ ♪ I’m gonna dum, dum,
dum, and zippity zoom ♪ ♪ I’m in love, I’m in love,
I’m in love, I don’t care ♪ Come on, come on little boy. Come here, come on daddy’s lap. Yes this is little Bear
Varshavski my new pup. And I know your first
reaction, what about Roxy? Don’t worry Roxy’s not going anywhere, she’s my little pup forever and ever. Like most of you know, I
do share Roxy with my dad. In fact, we got Roxy together when my mom passed away to have
something to bond over. But now a days since I’m
living apart from my dad, I feel awful when I have
to take Roxy away from him and then leave him alone
’cause it makes him really sad and on the other hand, when I
have to give Roxy back to him I get really sad ’cause want
to still have a pup around. What better way to
celebrate being a dog lover, get health benefits, cheer up myself, cheer up my dad, and get
Roxy an awesome brother then to get a little
Newfie and name him Bear. A Newfie is a Newfoundland, and I know it sounds like I’m saying New-fin-land but I’m saying New-found-land in a way that it’s properly pronounced, so I’m still learning myself. This little guy here, right
now he’s only eight weeks old he’s technically tiny but he
weighs basically half of Roxy. So you can imagine, he’s gonna be probably 150 pounds when
he grows up full size. He’s gonna be a huge beast. The highlight of the Newfoundland breed is their temperament. These guys are known as gentle giants for a very good reason. They’re amazing with kids,
they’re amazing with people, they’re basically giant people pleasers. And that’s how their breed came to be, they were working dogs
that helped haul loads, they helped rescue
people that were drowning ’cause they’re excellent swimmers because of these webbed
huge feet of theirs. I mean, his paw is bigger than my wrist. I don’t have the biggest
wrists in the world, but Jesus. (dog hiccups) He has hiccups. Growing pups always have hiccups, that’s not new, so that
doesn’t even concern me. (laughs) I’m sure you’ve heard that there are health benefits to owning a pup, but do you know exactly what
all those health benefits are? Anxiety and depression. We know that dogs make us feel good, but actually they’re great at
warding off mental illness. Yes, those who have pups, generally have less anxiety and less depressive symptoms. We don’t have a clear
understanding of why dogs help with anxiety and depression, but we know that they
definitely make you more social. And this is great for all ages. Kids benefit from this. There was a study talking about how kids who are autistic benefited greatly by spending time with a dog,
it’s great for socialization. Another point in life it’s really good for is when your 20s and your 30s and you’re trying to find someone new and your dating and it’s not that easy. Guess what? Get an adorable pup, go to the dog park, meet some dog people, ’cause generally dog people are really awesome people. I don’t know why I did awesome people. We’ve talked about the negative effects of chronic stress on your body and a lot of that is the result
of the chronic activation of your sympathetic nervous system. That’s that flight or fight response that keeps you always on edge. Well guess what, having a dog, petting a dog, lowers your blood pressure, calms your sympathetic nervous system. You get a lot of health
benefits from that. Not only is your heart healthy ’cause your blood pressure is lower, but in studies when we’ve
looked at dog owners and comparing them to non-dog owners, we’ve found that the dog owners had lower cholesterol, lower triglycerides, and that really makes a
difference for heart health. It reduces the risks of
heart attack, strokes. If you can reduce the chance
of having one of these major illnesses and
diseases happen to you, just by owning an amazing dog. Well this is not directly
a health benefit, I think this is incredibly awesome. Dogs’ noses are 40 times more sensitive than a human’s nose is. And what dogs have been able to do is sniff and detect cancer. Initially, this was just based on anecdotal evidence,
people telling stories that a dog was licking their lump and they got it checked out and found out that it was cancer, but now we have scientific
research on this to the point where we’re thinking about using dogs in medical care for this. It’s incredible, dogs can smell cancer. Contrary to popular belief, having a dog in a household actually
decreases the likelihood that your children will develop asthma, eczema, or allergies, and that’s usually a trio that runs in tandem together. Let’s get out of science
land for a moment. Not only do you see benefits within heart attack patients, depressed patients, Alzheimer’s patients,
but the biggest benefit and the most exciting stuff
that I’ve seen research on, is that they compared people who own dogs and people who don’t
own dogs and guess what? Those who own a dog, drastically and significantly extend their lives. And we don’t have a clear
explanation for that, whether that means dog
owners take more walks and are more active, is it
because they’re more social, is it because their stress
levels are lower ’cause they’re constantly petting and
playing with their dogs? It’s likely a combination
of all of these factors. What’s cool about having a big dog is that they can serve as guide
dogs, as rescue dogs, they’re so smart,
they’re very intelligent, they’re people friendly,
and that combination is really good for a working dog to have. Now, I don’t think I’m going to be doing a lot of rescue missions here with Bear, but what I will be doing is I’m gonna get him certified as a therapy dog, and days that I can, I’m gonna bring him into the hospital for my
patients to play with him. Because he’s so calm, he’s so friendly, and a lot of times in the hospital where patients are sick,
we tend to be afraid to bring humor and
happiness into the situation because we feel like it
might upset the patients. But in reality, patients need a laugh, they need a good time, those who are sick need a laugh the most. So I hope that Bear can
be an awesome therapy dog, we can bring him into the hospital, maybe we can bring him on
a curbside consult with us and ask people questions on
the street with Bear with us. I hope that you guys
enjoy him as much as I do, there’s gonna be tons of
pictures of him on Instagram and all over social media,
so please like those. And if you have a recommendation for his social media
handle please let me know because I haven’t yet come up with one. I don’t know if everyone
knows what a Newfie is, so I was thinking Bear the Newf might be a little weird for most people. So if you have a social
media handle recommendation, please write it down below. If you love dogs, give this video a like. If you’re curious about my other pup Roxy, who’s an amazing Husky, check out a day in a life Husky
edition on my channel now. Again guys, thanks for watching,
stay healthy and happy. Gentle giants, I mean
that’s so important to me especially because I have kids come by, that makes me sound weird. (laughs) I found his spot. (laughs) Am I mean for doing this? God, you’re going to be licking my face with your monster tongue
when you get bigger, what am I gonna do with you? (laughs) Give this video a like, or a lick. (upbeat vocal music)

Comments (100)

  1. The moment I saw your pup I knew why you did it. I'm a dog freak and can talk about them for hours. 🙂

  2. You are world's cutest doctor.

  3. They are thinking to use a dog for medical purposes. I just hope they wont bring a dog in a hospital where smells are so strong, chemicals but i hope they'll have like a special place where they will get help from a dog without the dog suffering. Yeeey!! Amazing doggos on the rescueeee

  4. Dr Mike, I give this video a like but the lick is reserved for you :-)!…….I can't believe I wrote this! 🙂 😉

  5. They are wonderful dogs, I would love to have one, but for sure thisfore I need a house and a garden at my own, it´s not possible in an appartment.

  6. Looks like 2 much responsibility

    Get a cat and leave the door open

  7. I like to watch again and again that your video with your pupy so beautiful,caring and cute dog i like so much watching the dog i wan to tuch the dog

  8. i had a newfoundland man, best dog ever she was a sister to me, youre in for a treat

  9. Your dog is very good looking. I like your dog. Professionally, I m also a doctor and surgeon. But I can not spare time to wash my dog four times a day, especially when my dog poops. But , I really regret this and I feel miserable. Can u advice me how I manage my dog and my time to do all that what u said

  10. Big beautiful moose-dog
    After my Open-Heart Surgery for Aortic Valve replacement, one of my best days in the hospital was when they brought by the Hospital Dog, big sweet pooch

  11. Not to be dramatic or anything but I would die for bear

  12. He’s such a cute pupper!!🐕🐶

  13. He only cares about the health benefits of owning a dog.i would only care that I have a cute puppy to cuddle



  15. You achieved a goal!
    A shirt that isn't dying from Dr Mike's tightness of shirts!

  16. What about cats? Do cats bring similar benefits?

  17. What are the benefits of having a 🐈

  18. What happened to his other dog? The husky?

  19. mike got the heat on feet tho

  20. im sorry for your mother

  21. “come on daddy’s lap”
    excuse me what

  22. 0:35 his voice was so calming and cute omg

  23. when bear yawned i yawned

  24. my religion don't allow me to own a dog but I really really want one!!!

  25. It's okay to take dog to hospital and help in taking care of people. But what about people that are allergic to a dog and u don't know about it?


    btw Today marks my 10th year in trying to convince my parents to get me a dog

  27. He has the type of Dog that I really want 😂😂😂

  28. "those who are sick need to laugh the most"
    my mom to me when i am sick: Why are you laughing so much? Are you even sick?

    My mom probably dont know psychology much and its relationship with health but it is starting to be a running joke between us XD

    Which also somehow shows her that if i am not laughing i am in a really bad condition, so i am always trying to laugh when i am sick. I think sooner or later my mom will be worry that if i have some other kind of sickness XD

  29. Mike: dogs help with depression
    Me: *instantly feels more depressed that I don’t have a dog *

  30. GAAAAAAARRRRRHFDIJFDBKDCI can't even with a guy like Mike and a puppy like Bear TOGETHERRRRR

  31. 5:21 I have 3 pup-eronis so I'm basically invincible

  32. Who would vote this down ?

  33. How sweet… 😀😀😀😀😀

  34. Unconditional love….

  35. Cats can detect cancer even more than dogs. My cat found cancer on my dog 2 years before my vet.

  36. I also love dogs and cats, it is wonderful to come home and be so well received by them, it is a sincere love without ulterior motives.

  37. less talking, more petting the dog

  38. Doggos🖤.

    I so want a doggo in my life.

  39. it’s funny that i grew up with dogs but i have asthma eczema and allergies

  40. It’s actually New-fin-land not New-fin-lind. I only know because I’m from the province Newfoundland haha

  41. As a doctor AND a youtuber where on earth do you find the time to live with two dogs lol

    I'm impressed, I would just want to go to sleep.😂
    All your pups are adorable so I'm sure they're worth any each effort.

  42. I have a bear!
    Her name is Nita

  43. my heart is melting from cuteness but i can't tell who's causing it

  44. OH MY GOSH!! I have two Newfies, one brown and one landseer, and they are the best ever. They had puppies and one of them has grown up to be a therapy dog. We are so proud of him!!! I love Bear! He's so cute!

  45. I licked this video so much

  46. I was watching Police Academy 2 and saw your dog.

  47. Ok this annoys me EVERY dog has a temperament it doesn't matter the breed and all your doing when you get a bigger dog is getting a unhealthier dog new found lands are within I'm pretty sure the 10 shortest lived breeds and im 99% sure that dog isnt 8 weeks more 6 saying it looks like it doesn't have all its teeth if you said 12 that'd make more sense saying they can start to lose their puppy teeth but not 8 weeks im not hating on you but this is why people need to vet breeders and not just take their word

  48. But I can't get a dog because of my work 🙁

  49. That Is the worst name it should be Dogtor mike

  50. The way he plopped his head down at 0:43 is the cutest thing I seen

  51. Have any tips for new puppy owners to stop biting his owner

  52. The perfect man doesn't exi-

  53. Your Husky has my name! Hi. I'm Roxi haha

  54. Nawwwwww I love Newfies!!!!!!

  55. whos here in 2019 cause bear was just that cute and was telling mike to shut up and let us see the dog

  56. My brain couldn't decide if it should stare at Dr. Mike or Bear. My eyes just kept moving between the two lol

  57. Are there health benefits to having cats?

  58. You literally own my dream dog 💛

  59. Puppy Bear is literally 3 times as big as my 16 yr old toy poodle!🐶🐻

  60. I also have a little Bear, I got him last December! His name is Bjorn Huxley Freyer and he's a big goofy baby.

  61. We've always had dogs, and I still have allergies and eczema. And they didn't smell my cancer! Jerks. But I love them so much <3

  62. My brother always had a dog, got lots of exercise, ate well, never smoked, didn't drink, yet he died of cancer while our Mom (77), other brother (58) and I (56) who smoke, drink, and eat hohos for breakfast (we're at or underweight so no judging), are healthy and fine and don't exercise or have pets. Makes ya wonder about everything. Life makes no sense. Just be happy and do nothing to excess and that'll probably work.

  63. Yep!! I struggle with anxiety and depression issues, and I am home alone a lot, aaaaand I love animals soooo much (I am a pet sitter, btw), and so we got me a German Shepherd puppy a year and a half ago. I even trained her myself to distract me if I happen to have an anxiety attack. She's an amazing girl – I love her. ❤️

  64. Patch Adams proved laughter as one of the best medicines. 🔴 #Bigrednose

  65. For his handle it should be Mr. big bear

  66. When I met my Bear I was fighting cancer, I rescued him from a very bad situation.
    He would play rough with everyone but me (he's a German Shepherd) by pulling them right out of their seats playing tug of war…me he would just give me the rope toys.
    As my chemotherapy treatments went on and I started growing stronger…he would play with me a bit more.
    Since I have been in remission….he plays hard with me now.
    I'll definitely be keeping an eye on how he plays with me in the future.
    Also I'm deaf and he has trained himself to be my ears.

  67. 'Come on Daddys Lap'
    Me: Stay right where you are!!
    Buys plane ticket
    Drives 2 hours to the airport
    Flies 10 hours to New York
    OK, I'M READY!

  68. the positive vibes coming out of my computer screen when i'm watching your videos is high as hell

  69. Looking back at this and seeing how smol bear was🥺🥺

  70. Probably calls him Mishka when not recording. The cutie

  71. I have eczema,allergy’s,asthma and I grew up with dogs

  72. Great advice, very handy. You just convince me to get cats!!! 😝

  73. Can’t get enough of bear so here I am watching this for the third time🤷🏼‍♀️

  74. 😂 I had excema, allergies and supposedly asthma growing up and we always had dogs and pets, but we also had cats. (I'm not allergic, but surely cat hair isn't good for allergies.) So, I'm proof dogs don't prevent everything.

  75. 0:43 bear is a mood. flop

  76. You're so sweet! I Love your new pup!

  77. So cute, do you think you would still be able to lift Bear over your head like that now? Doctor Mike binge 2019 ❤️

  78. That's a weird looking polar bear

  79. bear was so small in this video, now he is almost as big as you!

  80. Until you get anxiety when your doggy gets sick lmao

  81. why is he annoying bear I hate when people play with their dogs like it's a toy

  82. Oh my god little baby bear. He was so tiny 💕💕💕

  83. ugh as a canadian im impressed with your newfoundland pronunciation. nice. it's uncommon that nonnadians know

  84. I can watch Bear play all day

  85. I felt in love with this piece of wool ohhhhh miiiinnnnneeeeee miam miam miam

  86. "Come on daddy's lap" ~Mike
    Me: If you say so

  87. Love Newfoundland puppies

  88. do cat's do the same thing like if you want to mike to see this

  89. I have depression and anxiety, and although I don't own a dog, I walk/run others' dogs to earn extra cash for grad school, and it's AMAZING how much having regular walks with a pupper has positively impacted my mental health.

  90. So you have joined custody for your daughter with your dad? 🤔

  91. “He’s going to be a beast!”

    Beast: goes back to sleep and hiccups

    Also, do cats reduce stress as well? Or is it just dogs? 🤔

  92. 4:56 we grew up with a dog, cats & a bird. My sister has all 3 of those

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