Why Everyone Needs A Dog In Their Life

It’s hard not to feel happy when you come home to a smiley pup with a wagging tail but, in case you need it, here is some confirmation about why everyone needs a dog in their life!
 
 

They’re Good For Heart Health
Cuddles with your pooch can actually help to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease. Research shows that spending time with your dog, including talking and snuggling with him/her, can lead to a lowered risk of a whole host of heart-related illnesses. This is because those pup cuddles lower your blood pressure, particular heightened blood pressure caused by stress. Consistently owning dogs over the course of your life could be the secret behind a healthy heart.
 
They Increase Your Mood
Playing with a furry friend is shown to increase your brain’s production and levels of dopamine and serotonin. These two neurotransmitters are part of the quartet of neurotransmitters responsible for feelings of happiness. These flows of serotonin and dopamine instantly make us feel less stressed and boost our mood. While we can probably all recognise the effect a dog has on us - there’s nothing like arriving home to a happy dog  - there is a chemical reason behind this reaction. Owning a dog means that you can experience this on a daily basis.
 
They Encourage A Healthy Fitness Routine
Dogs require daily exercise and time in the fresh air and outdoors and this is something that humans also benefit from. As a dog owner, a dog’s needs impact your lifestyle and help to encourage you to be active. Dogs love to chase, play, run and swim and being a part of these activities gets your heart rate going and promotes good health. Even just walking for 15 or 30 minutes a day can make a big difference to your wellbeing particularly if you lead a sedentary lifestyle.
 
They Teach Responsibility
As a dog owner, you are responsible for your dog’s livelihood. Owning a pooch comes with responsibilities that cannot be taken lightly but this can also give you a chance to develop and grow as a person. Having a dog is almost like training for having a child. It is more than just coming home to a happy pup. Dogs need to be walked, fed and have stimulation. Having a dog in your life can mean changing your lifestyle, your habits and your spending.
 
They Act As Therapists
There is a reason that dogs are used as therapy animals and this because they have been proven to make a difference in a range of mental and physical health conditions. Dogs can help in the reduction of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. If you suffer from these conditions or from feelings of loneliness, unease, stress or homesickness, owning a dog can be one way of combating these feelings.
 
They Help Kids Develop Skills
If you have a young family, owning a dog can have a lot of positive benefits for your children and their development. For a child, spending time and playing with their pet is not only fun and enjoyable but also a chance for them to learn different types of skills including fine motor skills, parental and nurturing skills, responsibility and creative skills. It can also help them to understand different feelings and emotions such as empathy. In young children, spending time with dogs is a good way to acquaint them with being around pets and to not feel intimidated around animals.
 
You Get A Loyal Friend
There is a reason for the saying a dog is man’s best friend and that is because dog’s do make the most loyal, caring friends you can find. Owning a dog is a rewarding experience because you get to form a bond with your pet like no other. Dogs can sense changes in your body language, tone and emotions, and often respond accordingly. Dogs love you no matter what, and are happy to see you even when though you might have yelled at them that morning! A love that pure is definitely something you want in your life.
 
Jill Bennet is a content writer for Mad Paws, a platform where you can find pet minders to care for your pets as if it were their own. When she’s not writing about pets, she’s spending time with her dogs in the great outdoors or finding dog-related accounts to follow on Instagram.

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