The Benefits of Spending Time with Dogs is a 4-part talk that goes beyond dogs with an ecopsychological approach to the human relationship with each other and other species. It sets a context of concern for the environment, proceeds into the mental health benefits of spending time in nature, and follows these contexts with several specific benefits from spending time with dogs including companionship, playfulness, learning occupational skills, and enhancing empathy, confidence, and cross-species friendships. The neural and hormonal basis of attachment to dogs is aligned with attachment theory, a "safety bridge", and new findings of changes in oxytocin levels correlated with human-dog affection. The Mary Ellen Humane Education Society is described and its Shake-a-Paw program aims to provide youth who are struggling with mental health issues with these benefits by teaching them to train hard-to-adopt dogs. For the slides associated with this talk, please visit maryellenhumaneeducationsociety.org .