National Dog Day is on August 26 so make sure to give your pup an extra treat! To celebrate “Man’s Best Friend,” we put together a list of some of the top benefits of having a dog in your home. If you’re not a dog-owner yet, these reasons may convince you to head to the nearest adoption shelter!
1. They Keep You Active
Do you vaguely remember making a new year resolution to go for daily walks or maybe even train for your first 5K? Many of us struggle to maintain active lifestyles, bogged down by work, and tempted by many excuses. If you find yourself lacking motivation, there’s nothing like a pair of puppy dog eyes begging you to take them for a walk.
Having a dog doesn’t just mean jumping off the couch for a few minutes for a “bathroom break” – your dog can get you excited to explore new parks, hiking trails and simply spend more time outside, getting in those steps and fresh air. Even a quick game of fetch can get your heart rate going spontaneously and regularly! The best part? You’re having so much fun with your furry friend, it’s not the kind of “workout” you’ll ever talk yourself out of.
2. Your Kids Are Less Likely to Have Allergies
Yup! It may be the opposite of what you thought, but exposure to dogs early on in life may make your kids less likely to develop allergies. To get a little more technical, living with a dog (or a cat) in the home exposes infants to a more diverse group of microbes and change up the makeup of dust bacteria at home, which can lead to fewer allergies. Babies and kids aren’t the only ones who benefit either. Many of us grown-ups have gotten used to spending much of our time indoors, which means we aren’t exposed to as many microbes and bacteria. Dogs, known for bringing the outside in, can help us build stronger immune systems.
3. They’re an Adorable Addition to Your Security System
Okay, so they may not be as dependent as your trusty Alarm.com system (which would never bark at the air for no reason) – but dogs can provide an extra sense of security around the house. In a way, they can act as the first line of defense by discouraging potential burglars who are looking for quiet, easy break-in opportunities. With their keen noses and ears, they also won’t hesitate to alert you if they think something is amiss.
Plus, dogs can scare away other potential “intruders” as well and double as pest control! Critters like raccoons and even black bears are likely to run off if they come face to face with a larger dog (your fluffy and well-dressed lapdog may not want to pick that fight).
4. They Keep You Young As You Grow Old
There’s nothing like having a faithful companion to grow old with. Dogs bring many benefits to the elderly, least of which is decreasing their stress and loneliness. Alzheimer’s patients are found to have less “outbursts” and aggressive episodes when they have a dog in their home and senior citizens seek medical help less than those without a pet. According to a study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, animal-owning seniors on Medicare “reported fewer doctor contacts over a 1-year period than respondents who did not own pets.” While cats, birds, and other pets could do the trick as well, dogs, in particular, help seniors age more peacefully.
5. There’s Nothing Like Puppy Love to Keep Your Heart Healthy
We know, looking at your sleeping pup or giving them belly rubs makes your heart feel like it’s swelling in size. But, in fact, dogs can actually help keep your heart healthy! Studies have shown that owning and interacting with a dog can lower your blood pressure and cholesterol and dog owners even experience better survival rates following a heart attack.
The health benefits of dog ownership go beyond heart health too. Some dogs have been found to sniff out cancers in their owners! Plus, service dogs are life-changing companions for those coping with autism, traumatic brain injuries, and even mental health issues like depression or PTSD.
6. They Make Doggone Good Company
This one probably seems obvious, but one of the benefits of having a dog is simply that they are great company. This may come as a timely note, as many of us are now spending much less time socializing with other humans. Having a pup around can reduce feelings of stress, anxiety, and loneliness. Many dog owners can attest – having a dog gives your life new meaning and purpose (literally, a reason to get up in the morning!) The act of caring for our dogs can distract us from what’s bogging us down and provide a boost to our physical and emotional well-being.
7. Even When They Misbehave, They’re Cute
Ok, this can hardly be listed as a “benefit.” Hard as it may be to admit, our furry friends aren’t perfect and they can cause a bit of trouble every now and then. We like to think of it as an opportunity to practice patience and forgiveness. But if you want to keep an eye on your pup while you’re away, you might want to consider upgrading your home security system to include Video Analytics! With smart video monitoring, you’ll be able to know exactly what Fluffy is getting into while home alone – including breaking any rules.
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