We all know that having a dog comes with responsibility and commitment but there are also numerous benefits. If you own a dog or are currently considering getting a dog you will be aware of the joy a dog can bring into our lives. Here are some other benefits to having a furred companion in the household that you may not have already thought of.
Companionship – Not only are dogs’ man’s best friend but they also encourage social interaction with people and especially other dog owners on walks.
Exercise – Having a dog means that it has to be brought on daily walks which in turn means the owner is getting regular exercise. Regular exercise is essential element of a healthy lifestyle and for overall wellbeing.
Mood booster – Being around dogs can help make more calm and relaxed. In a nutshell dogs are a furred source of happiness for us humans and can help combat depression.
Security alarm – Dogs can help us feel safer and are nature’s security alarm alerting the household to any suspicious behaviour outside with barking or whining. They also act as a deterrent to potential burglars.
Stress busters – Have you notice the trend of having office dogs? That is because according to studies having a dog pottering around the office reduces stress levels in employees.
Personal development – The responsibility, patience, selflessness and commitment that comes with being a dog owner makes us all-around better people.
Allergy fighting – Children that grow up in a house with a dog are less likely to develop allergies over their lifetime.
Cancer detection – Scientific studies have shown that dogs have the ability to smell cancer in the human body.
Never a dull moment – Having a dog means that there is never a dull moment and using the phrase ‘I’m bored there’s nothing to do’ is no longer applicable. Whether it is playing or grabbing the lead and going for a walk, life with a dog can never be classed as boring.
Teaching Children – Having a dog in the home can teach children valuable life lessons such as responsibility, routine and caring for others.
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