1. Dogs increase your mood!
Spending just 15-30 minutes with your dog can help you feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness. Playing with your pup increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility. That wagging tail will be sure to put a smile on your face.
2. Having a dog may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
3. Step aside, kitties! Dogs protect children from skin conditions and allergies.
Children who grow up with dogs have a lower risk of asthma than those who have cats or no dogs at all. In addition, children also develop fewer pet allergies if they grow up with a dog.
4. Having a dog improves your physical well being and encourages a healthy fitness routine.
5. Humans with dogs recover more quickly from illnesses.
Dog owners have a much higher rate of recovery from being sick than non-dog owners. In fact, humans with pooches who suffered from heart attacks were twice as likely to fully recover than those without!
Canines make excellent service companions when trained properly for people with disabilities. They can be trained to bring medication, alleviate a stressful situation for their human, and even detect an approaching epileptic seizure.
7. Children with dogs in their household miss less school.
Yes, it’s true. We all know that children absolutely adore pups, but research has shown that children from dog-owning families have better school attendance due to better overall health and less sickness from having a pup at home.
8. But wait, there’s more (for your kids)!
Having dogs has actually been shown to improve children’s self esteem, and makes issues that cause stress easier to handle.
9. Simply put, they are a human’s best friend.
Because of their heightened sense of smell, sight, and hearing, dogs are extremely intelligent creatures with a loyalty to their humans that is unexpectedly strong. Those with dogs will know–your pups can sense human body language, emotions, and feelings, and this paves the way for an unbreakable bond.