Cliché as it may sound, but the old saying that dogs are man’s best friend is accurate. Various studies have proven that dogs have positive effects on our health and well-being. Hanging out with your four-legged friend can do wonders. They provide love and laughter, comedy and comfort as they share with you a home and their lives.
They provide companionship. Canines can be a comfort to people just like an unconditional interaction with another living being. They can decrease levels of human loneliness and give humans a sense of purpose as they care for their pets. People living alone or those who don’t socialize so much are in most particular to be benefited. Dog owners also get the chance to meet and have small, good talks with pet lovers during walks. Engaging with others about their companion pets tends to let them open up and really blossom. Not only they give companionship, but more importantly, they become a reason to improve your social life.
Stress reduction. Spending few minutes with a pet can lower blood pressure and anxiety. It increases levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that play big roles in calm and wellbeing. Petting a dog can release oxytocin hormone and decrease stress hormone cortisol, hence, giving you a more relaxed feeling. Studies also show that dogs can ease tension at the office, home and between married couples. Overall, it is not only stress that is being reduced by having and taking care of a pooch, your doctor visits are also lessened.
Lead you to a more active lifestyle. Are you feeling the need to amp up those steps and drop a few pounds? Then your dog may be the kick-start that you need. When you walk your pet regularly, you will be able to hit the bar for regular exercise. This is why owning a dog is strongly linked to achieving higher levels of physical activity.
Security. Dogs are able to provide a sense of security for human companion. If you have a trained watchdog, he can definitely provide a higher degree of security. But do not forget that even a small, toy dog can do a big help. They can offer a sense of protection by alerting their owner to approaching danger, strangers, or any unusual circumstances at home or other places.
Teaches responsibility, respect and good values. It is very common in many families and parents to use the family dog to help teach their children the meaning of responsibility. They can learn the value of taking care of another living being. They will have the opportunity to value another life with respect and dignity.
True enough, we can find so many reasons why keeping a dog brings so much benefits in our health and life in general. Perhaps the most intuitive benefit of sharing your life and home with a canine friend is that dogs give you “feel-good vibes” almost instantly. There will be times when it will be difficult to find meaning to our lives, but dog ownership helps people to continue to do things and not just focus on our needs. They give us reason to get up in the morning and remind us that we have a friend to take care of. After all, how you take care of them, will surely bounce back on how they will protect and serve you. Their only job is to help their master’s life situation better.