For dog lovers everywhere, their love of dogs often is what keeps them going, and they could not imagine their lives without one furry friend by their side. But for those who never owned a dog, it may be difficult for them to understand the many ways a dog will improve quality of life. It’s actually been proven scientifically, so we are going to show you all the benefits of owning a dog.
1) There’s no other way to say it — dogs are (wo)man’s best friend.
There is no denying the bond between a dog and its humans. They are more loyal to their human families than any people could ever be. Dogs have heightened senses, so they can sense the feelings and emotions of their humans, ready to comfort them.
2) Dogs will improve your mood dramatically!
All you need is about half an hour with your dog to reduce your stress, make you feel calmer and more relaxed, and thus much happier. Scientifically proven, playing with your dog increases dopamine and serotonin levels in your brain, which are those particular neurotransmitters associated with tranquility and pleasure. You’ll naturally feel better just by interacting with your four-legged friend.
3) Dogs help increase social interactions.
Puppies must be socialized, and it’s equally essential for them to continue to socialize with other dogs as well as they grow. For this reason, people socialize more as well. FiFi might make you the most popular person on the block.
4. There’s never a dull or boring moment.
Your dog can make your life more fulfilled. Whether it is throwing a toy and playing fetch, going on a walk, playing hide and seek, owning a dog makes life better in every way.
5. Having a dog makes YOU more awesome!
A dog encourages a healthy fitness routine. Everyone needs daily exercise, and so do our four-legged companions. The fact that you own a dog makes you that much more responsible for taking him out on a walk, so that will get you moving as well.
6) Being a dog owner may reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Did you know that it was scientifically shown that simply petting your dog can lower blood pressure? It’s true, and when your blood pressure is lower, you avoid the risk of developing other serious illnesses.
7) Dog owners recover more quickly from illnesses.
It’s been scientifically shown that dog owners recover quicker than do their non-dog owner counterparts, when sick. The science goes on to show that people who suffered a heart attack were two times more likely to recover entirely than people without dogs.
8) Dogs make excellent service animals.
Dogs are incredible therapy and service animals for people with mental and physical disabilities when trained accordingly. They can even detect an epileptic seizure before it happens! These dogs are trained to help their humans alleviate stressful situations and also bring them their medication.
9) Dogs might save your life, in more ways than one.
First of all, dogs can help relieve stress, and as we all know, stress is the silent killer. Dogs can also lift us up and help improve depression. And if that’s not enough, dogs are able to “smell” cancer in people. Dating back several years, stories of dogs continuously licking their humans’ moles started surfacing. It was later discovered that they were sniffing and licking skin conditions that were cancerous. Now, years later, it takes just three hours to train a dog to detect cancer in people. Fascinating!
10) Dogs can help to protect children from allergies and skin conditions.
According to one study, there is a reduced risk of developing eczema in children that are raised alongside dogs. And if that’s not enough, the study showed that kids growing up with dogs also end up having fewer pet allergies in the future.
11) Dogs and your kids’ self-esteem
According to another study, children with dog siblings tend to have improved self-esteem and enables them to better deal with stress.
12) Children with dog siblings miss less school.
Though it may be hard to imagine, families with dogs show that their children have better attendance records in school because they are overall healthier than children in families without dogs.
13) They make excellent watchdogs.
It is a dog’s instinct to be watchful and to be aware of any stranger approaching or if anything “smells bad.” Dogs will bark and warn their people of anything suspicious, from the littlest Chihuahua to the protective German Shepherd.
14) Stress at Work? Bring a Dog!
A growing number of workplaces are now allowing their employees to bring their dogs to work because studies of shown that when their four-legged friends are by their side, people’s stress levels are reduced.