Dogs are definitely a lot to worry about; they’re mischievous trouble makers, they have bad habits, they’re expensive, and they require a lot of effort and time. However, the phrase “man’s best friend” is about the most precise description of these canine creatures. Having one is having a companion for life and what you don’t know is, this is scientifically proven.
Let’s see how’s that:
1. Pet therapy
First and foremost. It’s also called animal-assisted therapy (AAT), and it’s guided interaction with a trained animal with the purpose of helping someone recover from or cope with a health problem or mental disorder. So with the help of your pet you can find your way to reduce anxiety, pain, and depression. It can also help patients undergoing chemotherapy, physical therapy and even soldiers with post-traumatic disorders.
2. A dog will help you stay fit
They are the perfect exercise partners and will force you to walk that extra mile. Studies have found that dog owners were 34% more likely to achieve their recommended exercise minutes. (read more about the amount of exercise your dog needs in 10 Things You Should Know Before Getting A Dog)
3. They fight insomnia
They’re the best sleeping companions. With their warm, fuzzy bodies and rhythmic breathing, they bring all the comfort, calmness and coziness to your bed and promote a sense of safety to help you have a good night’s sleep.
4. They keep your heart healthy
Snuggling up with your pet can warm your heart, therefore reducing the risk of getting cardiovascular disease.
5. They make you happy and relaxed
Playing or cuddling with a dog stimulates oxytocin, known as the love or “feel-good” hormone, and decreases production of cortisol, your body’s main stress hormone; therefore soothing the anxiety system.
6. They help boost your immune system
Dog owners tend to get less sick throughout their lives. A study shows that babies who are brought into homes with dogs are less prone to respiratory infections or colds, so the simple act of petting a dog can actually keep that pesky cold away!
Also, dogs bring in different kinds of bacteria that a child’s system learns to build defenses against, so it actually helps children’s immune system grow strong.
In special cases, you can teach your dog about substances that give you or your kids allergies and then they can detect these allergens.
7. And speed your recovery
So if you really wish your loved ones a “speedy recovery”, bring them a dog. Dog owners have a higher and faster rate of recovery from illnesses. In fact, humans with furry friends who suffered from heart attacks were twice as likely to fully recover than those without!
8. They help you quit smoking
Sometimes, knowledge of the harm that falls on your pet due to your bad habit would actually motivate you to stop. It’s not only on your family, second hand smoking affects your pet too.
9. They detect life threatening health issues
Ever heard of canine cancer detection? Well, dogs can smell out cancer. When sick, a human’s body chemistry changes, and a dog’s sensitive sniff may be able to detect these subtle changes, letting them know that something is wrong. Also, they understand when you’re having a seizure and guess what, they always find ways to help! Seriously, live saviors.
10. They help you become a better parent
Getting a dog before deciding to have children is a great way to help you train your parental skills. It will help you and your partner explore what it’s like to be parents. You will have to make sacrifices, adjustments and role divisions in order to take care of your dog.
11. They help with social isolation
Science proves that pets help with self-reassurance and self-esteem issues. They complete your sense of belonging and help you heal from social failure better. They are always happy to see you, so no more rejection stings whenever your dog is there! Also, they help you break the ice and add up to your courage to start that conversation you’ve been holding back from.
12. They help the disabled
They are great companions for children who suffer from autism, they lead the blind around perfectly and they could even help children with speech development. If your child is suffering from late speech, a dog may help them speak out, since they’ll want to give their dog simple commands and call their name.
13. They protect you
Dogs are built-in security systems/ body guards. They are always ready to bark or stand up for you and your family against any potential harm ranging from house robbery to bullying children.
Other than that, a dog will wake you up, fill up your boredom, teach you all about compassion and responsibility, keep challenging you every day and be loyal to you till the end of time. They just make the world a better place to live in and they come in all shapes (or should I say breeds?) and sizes. Also, we can’t deny that they are too cute for words, who can resist a happy puppy face?