Our most loyal friends tend to be of the four-legged variety. Dog lovers know that their pet’s energy, playfulness, loyalty, and sweet affection can add a loving dimension to their lives like no other. If your pooch is your best friend, you know the benefits of owning a dog. If you’re on the fence about adopting a canine companion, read on.
To your health!
The American Heart Association reports that dogs can protect your heart health in a number of ways:
- People who own dogs are 54% more likely to get the recommended amount of daily exercise than those who don’t
- Owning a dog can improve your blood pressure, triglycerides, and cholesterol levels, decreasing your risk for heart disease
- Just petting your dog can do wonders for your heart rate
Don’t worry, be happy
Dog owners are more likely to have higher levels of serotonin and dopamine than non-dog owners. This is because dogs are calming, familiar, and affectionate companions that naturally reduce stress and anxiety in humans. Also, dogs are natural conversation starters, promoting social interaction even for shy dog owners, leading to happy, fulfilling relationships.
Got your back
According to including the American Humane Society, barking dogs aid in preventing robberies and other violent attacks. With heightened senses of hearing and smell, dogs can detect occurrences you can’t and can alert you to the possibility of danger. A dog’s instinct is to protect their home and family – something that will undoubtedly annoy the mailman but is invaluable if some shady character comes around.
Sense of well-being
Whether you’re taking your dog out for a brisk walk or snuggling comfortably in bed, just having him nearby can help ease your mind, soothe your soul, and boost your mental and physical health.
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