Owning a dog can contribute to a happier, healthier life! It's a scientific fact; dog ownership gives you a more positive outlook on life improving your mental and physical health! Taking good care of your dog gives you a feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment that carries over into every other aspect of your life. What's not so well-known is that dogs gain as much from humans as humans do from dogs. They care for us, and we care for them. It's a two-way street!
Some of these benefits are obvious, and others, not so much. Here's our list of some important ones.
Dogs make you happier: This is a big one in today's upside-down world! With the pandemic, job loss, social distancing, protests, riots, and political uncertainty, it's good to just lie back with your best friend and soak up the oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine (the Happy hormones)! We produce these chemicals naturally when we spend quality time with our pooch!
Dogs make you healthier: Dogs reduce the risk of heart disease, and they improve the recovery rates for surgical patients. Dogs keep you more active and build up the immune system (especially in children). They can even be trained to detect cancer, allergens, and other health risks. And, oh yeah, dog-owners live longer than non-owners!
Dogs reduce stress and depression: The simple act of taking your dog for a walk can reduce the levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Caring for a dog can also help with low self-esteem and provide a boost to self-confidence, especially in children and teens.
Dogs for seniors: Having a dog in the home has been shown to reduce outbursts in Alzheimer's patients. The calming demeanor and companionship of a dog can boost the spirits of seniors with a physical or mental deficiency.
Dogs can protect you: Dogs protect their pack. With their keen hearing and sense of smell, they can easily detect would-be burglars. Your dog doesn't have to be a guard dog. Almost any barking dog will send intruders on their way and keep you safe!
Dogs make you more social: It's much easier to meet like-minded people while you're strolling with your fur-baby around the local dog park. Want to know how to be attractive to other dog owners? That's right, walk your dog around the block or the dog park! Some studies show that dog owners find other dog owners more attractive, so you could even meet 'The One'! There is no app for that!
If you've been thinking of getting a new fur-baby, now's the time! You'll be glad you did!