If you’re thinking about getting a dog, but you’re not sure yet, then maybe you need a little convincing as to why a dog is the best family pet you can get. If you need more of a reason than waking up every day to a smiley face and wagging tail, then check out this list because there are scientifically proven benefits that dogs bring to our lives.
Dogs Are Great For Your Mood
You only need to spend 15 minutes to half an hour with your dog, and you’ll find that you feel more calm and relaxed. Okay, you might feel a little stressed when they are a puppy, dealing with puppy pads, training and them chewing your furniture. But put that aside and focus on the good stuff. Dogs ultimately reduce your stress and increase your happiness. Playing with a dog also increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are associated with pleasure and tranquility.
It’s Good For The Heart
Studies show that talking to and stroking your dogs are often accompanied by lower blood pressure, and that means a lowered risk of loads of different illnesses.
They’re Good For Kids
And in more than one way too, not only do they teach children about discipline and responsibility, but they also protect children from skin conditions and allergies. According to research, children who come from a family with a dog have better school attendance. This is due to better overall health and less sickness from having a dog at home. Not only that but having dogs has also been shown to improve a child’s self-esteem and make it easier for them to cope with issues that cause stress.
Dogs Keep You Fit
Well, you have to walk them, don’t you? So having a dog is good for your physical wellbeing and encourages a healthy fitness routine.
Dogs Increase Your Social Life
You need to play with your dog and exercise your dog, but also, your pup needs to play with other dogs too. This means that you need to take them to socialize with other dogs, whether it’s at the park, at a friend’s house, or a dog agility class, and while the pups are busy playing, then you can get to know their owners.
They’re So Much Fun
You’ll never be bored with a dog around as there are so many things they can do with them and they’ll always do something funny to entertain you.
Having a Dog Makes You a Better Person
Because you need to be responsible, have patience, be selfless, and it takes commitment to have a dog, owning one will automatically make you a stronger, all-around better person. Dogs can help you in so many ways, with your mental health, your physical health, loneliness, depression, anxiety, to name a few.
They Make You Feel Amazing
When you look at a dog, do you ever feel just amazing? He or she looks into your eyes, gazes at you lovingly, and it feels magical? Well, this is the release of oxytocin, which is the “feel good” drug into your system. It is a calm and happy high and is 100% natural and waiting for you in your furry friend.