Dogs are man’s best friend for a thousand reasons. They make furparent’s life fuller and happier, even longer. Your pooch leaves an endearing paw-print on your daily life and their companionship brings much benefits to you physically and psychologically. Dogs teach us to stretch, stop and smell the roses.
They encourage regular exercise and a better social life. When you own a dog, it means you now have a daily partner for physical activity. Which more likely encourages you to increase the likelihood of regular exercise. It also plays a significant factor for facilitating social interaction within the neighborhood. Instead of going to the gym, you can spend time and take a walk or go hiking with your dog. Just like you, your furry best friend needs to stay in shape too.
Be an instant attention-grabber with your pooch. You’ll most likely take them on walks in the park or along for errands every now and then. These are the cases when the chance for human interaction is high. Your pooch will be your token for good people who wanted to talk to you, asking what breed of dog you have, how old are they, their name, where you got them, what shampoo or food you feed them and the list goes on. These little interactions can help you from spending too much time closed off the ‘real world’ to becoming someone who is starting to build social relationship and growing a healthier mind and a happier life.
Your dog becomes your pause button and a healthy excuse to reflect on situations. In between an arguing parties, it is usual that the dog will come in between. They build relationship with their owner and their family; hence, they become sensible to conflicting situations and plays a mediator to calm down parties and allow them to settle arguments.
Of course, there’s a reason why therapists have been known to prescribe owning a pet as a way to heal and deal with depression. Maybe, the most basic and simplest reason is that dogs love you unconditionally and they pay you back with all the care you give them, threefold. Coming home from a stressful day and being welcomed by your furry friend who shows so much excitement of seeing you, will surely relieve all the pressure from you. Your heart grows like the Grinch every time you see your pup do something adorable and irresistibly fun. This is one of the reasons why owning a pet is considered to lower risk of heart diseases.
While not a cure-all solution, of course, you still need to watch what you eat and get exercise, the fact remains that having a furry best friend can help you manage your blood pressure. Petting your dog proves to calm down your mood and lower blood pressure. That’s being cute and healthy!
Time spent with your pet equals better health not only for them, but for you as well. Together, you both improve your lives, physically, socially and emotionally. You both become happier, your fitness gets better and will both have an improved social life. So, jump up your days by spending more time with your furry best friend!