The Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

dog3There’s a reason why dogs are called man’s best friend. It’s because there’s no better friend than a dog. Did you know there are actually health benefits of owning a dog? It’s probably more surprising to those of you that don’t have any pets. The truth is, everyone should own a dog or even any kind of pet. We are not trying to sound biased. But it’s been scientifically proven that owning a pet, but especially dogs can improve your life in ways that you won’t believe or even be able to imagine.


Here are some of the health benefits of owning a Dog:

dog4Exercise – People who own dogs get more exercise than those that don’t and, if you think about it long enough, it makes perfect sense. Firstly, you have to take your dog outside to use the bathroom and that means that you won’t be able to sit on the couch all day. Every dog also needs a good amount of exercise and this means taking it for a daily walk. If your dog is stuck inside the house or in an apartment all day long, it will become a little crazy and quite possibly a lot destructive and that means a lot of chewed up items like your furniture, your favorite shoes, etc. So, it’s a good idea to get out there and walk your dog at least half an hour per day. Not only will your dog enjoy it but your health will improve because of it.


dog5Have you been feeling depressed lately? You need a dog. It is a proven fact that pet owners, but especially dog owners, are happier and less stressed. Just being with your dog and interacting with it will release a chemical in the brain called oxytocin. Doctors refer to this as the “feel good” chemical the brain naturally creates. Positive interaction with animals makes us feel good and happy; after all, it’s impossible to feel depressed when your best friend is giving you a big sloppy doggy grin! Just that look alone will put a smile on your face and make you feel more relaxed and this is reason enough to get a dog if you’re the type of person who often feels unable to cope with feelings of loneliness and depression.


dog6Dog owners are more social individuals. Have you been wanting to meet new people but have no idea how? Maybe you’re sick and tired of living a solitary life? Having a dog is almost a guarantee of meeting new people fast. It’s not uncommon for people to come up to you while you’re walking your dog and ask about it or want to pet it. Especially if you have a particular handsome or unique-looking animal or one with loads of personality. This creates a great opportunity to meet new people and start conversations with total strangers. Also keep in mind that if you enroll Fido in obedience classes you will immediately be in a whole new group of people who already share the same interests as you, and the opportunities for making new friends or even meeting that someone special is right there!


So, as you can see there are quite a few health benefits of owning a dog. One thing is for sure; your life will never be the same after owning a dog. They will creep into your heart just as much as they will take over your life before you even know it!

dog2If you can, try and find your perfect, furry, four-legged friend from an animal shelter. Supporting your local shelters will ensure that homeless dogs in your area have a safe place to live and a new chance at life! It’s also a good idea to continue supporting these shelters even after you’ve gotten your dog. The hard work and dedication of shelter volunteers make dog ownership possible for so many people and also helps rescue dogs in need, and helping and giving back also has a whole host of proven health benefits!