Dog owners are happier, healthier, more social and fitter, and this has been scientifically proven several times. As a puppy lover, there is no doubt that having a dog brings many benefits to my life. I mean, how can you not wake up happy with a smiling face and wagging tail?
For those of you who don't yet have a furry friend, or who are planning to add one to your family, you'll be happy to hear that there are scientifically proven benefits that dogs bring to every one of our lives! Here are 8 reasons to consider and allow a dog into your life!
1. A dog makes you happier
Dogs are social animals, so many owners consider dogs to be good partners. But for some people, dogs can even inspire happiness in life. Researchers from the University of California School of Veterinary Medicine have studied the impact of dog ownership on the quality of life and well-being of the elderly. The study concluded that older dog owners are healthier than older dog owners who do not have dogs, especially psychologically.
2. The children strengthen their social skills
Studies have shown that children growing up in families with dogs have stronger social skills than adults. It has been suggested that animals can strengthen social interaction between people. For example, animals promote connection because it is an easy topic to discuss. Children who grow up with dogs have a lower risk of developing eczema than children who have cats or no dogs at all. In addition, children also develop fewer pet allergies when growing up with a dog.
3. It improves your physical well-being and encourages a healthy fitness routine
Of course! Your dog needs daily exercise, and so do you! Dog owners have a responsibility to play and work with their dogs, so it only makes sense that dog people tend to be more active.
4. They will go to great lengths–2,800 miles to be exact–to find their humans
Have you heard the story of Bobbie the Wonderdog? He traveled as much as 4506 KM to return to his family after he was accidentally abandoned on the other side of the country.
5. They are very good guard dogs
From their puppyhood dogs learn to look at and be aware of everything that comes their way. Potential burglars are deterred by a barking or waking dog in front of the window. Rottweilers, German shepherds and Scottish terriers are among the best watchdog breeds. An American Eskimo dog is known to warn families well of anything strange or suspicious.
6. A dog or puppy reduces your stress
Do you see the increasing trend in the workplace that dogs can come to work with their people? There is a reason for that! Studies have shown that people who take their dog to work have less stress during the workday. It's also great to come home after a long day at work to cuddle or play with your dog for a while.
7. A dog makes you more social
Walking a dog increases social interaction: many people become friends with the owners of dogs they meet regularly. Scientists from the University of Liverpool and the University of Bristol in the UK published a report in 2007 showing that dog owners have more interpersonal interactions with others than people without dogs. Part of the reason, according to the report, is that people who walk dogs are more likely to meet 'tortured comrades' and like to chat with them.
8. Having a dog can help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
Studies show that talking to and stroking your puppies is often associated with lower blood pressure, which means a reduced risk of many different diseases. The risk of premature death of the dog owner is reduced by 24%. Our heart benefits especially: people with dogs are 31% less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. The difference between patients with heart disease is even greater: their risk of death is therefore 65% lower than in patients without dogs. These results come from a meta-analysis of ten studies with data from 3.8 million people in the United States, Canada, Scandinavia, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.