As a furry pup lover (times 5!), there is no doubt in my mind that having a dog makes my life amazing in so many ways. So much that I cannot imagine NOT having fur babies.
They snore me to sleep, make me laugh, turn my sad into happy, cuddle, kiss - and - I can blame them for passing gas (no it wasn’t me!).
Here are the top 5 scientifically proven benefits of loving dogs:
1. Pups dramatically increase your positive mood:
Spending just 15-30 minutes with your dog can help you feel more calm and relaxed - reducing stress and increasing happiness
Playing with your pup increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility
2. Owning a dog decreases the risk cardiovascular disease:
Studies show that talking to and petting your pups are often accompanied by lower blood pressure, and that means a lowered risk for a myriad of different illnesses, including cardiovascular disease
3. Step aside, kitties! Dogs protect children from skin conditions and allergies:
Children who grow up with dogs have a lower risk of developing eczema than those who have cats or no dogs at all. Yes, it’s true! In addition, children also develop fewer pet allergies if they grow up with a dog
4. Having a dog improves your physical wellbeing and encourages a healthy fitness routine:
Of course! Your dog requires daily exercise, and so do you! Dog owners carry the responsibility of playing with and working their dogs, so it only makes sense that dog people tend to be more active
5. Humans with dogs recover more quickly from illnesses:
Dog owners have a much higher rate of recovery from being sick than non-dog owners. In fact, humans with pooches who suffered from heart attacks were twice as likely to fully recover than those without fur friends
BONUS: Having dogs has actually been shown to improve a child’s self-esteem, and makes issues that cause stress easier to handle