Dogs are amazing animals. It’s no surprise that they are the most popular pet in the world. They come in all shapes and sizes and personalities, and when you bring one into your home they become a huge part of the family. Yes, they are cute and cuddly and that is part of the reason they are so popular. There are also many other reasons why people love them so much that are not always thought of. Here are some reasons why you should get a dog this year.
They are great for our heart
Dogs have a great benefit to our mental and physical health, and the first one of these is reducing our risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers found that those who owned a dog were much less likely to suffer from heart issues than those who didn’t. This is likely a combination of the exercise we have with them each day, the stress busting power they have and the love they show to us each and every day.
They can act like Therapists
Dogs are amazing for those of us who are feeling vulnerable and sad because they are a huge bundle of love and cuddles from the word go. If you suffer with a mental issue such as anxiety, getting a dog can drastically change your mood and your outlook on life because they will show you unconditional love each and every day. Many dogs are even used as therapy dogsto cheer up those who are in hospital, and this can actually make them less stressed and help people to recover more quickly.
They can detect cancer (and lots of other things)
One thing that is amazing about dogs is their sense of smell. A dog’s nose can smell 1 million times more than us, and within this spectrum they are able to detect things that we could never imagine. If you have ever been pregnant, did your dog act differently? Dogs can smell pregnancy before you know it’s there. Dogs can also smell tumours, and this can be something which saves your life if your dog smells one and starts to make a big fuss over it. Dogs also make great police assets for their abilities to smell drugs, bombs, and more. For recreational purposes, you could even use a dogs sense of smell to help you hunt or fish.
They make us active
Having a dog is great because it gives us no choice but to get out of the house every day for a walk or playtime. A lot of people are hesitant to exercise because they do not want to do it alone. Dogs are the best exercise companions because they truly love it. Plus, you’ll always have a reason to get moving – the dog wants it! Soon, you will be thanking your dog for encouraging you to exercise, and keeping you healthy in the long run.
They lower stress
Dogs are amazing comforters, and when you have had a bad day they are the first to come and comfort you. As soon as you walk through the door your dog will be happy to see you, and they will cuddle up to you in the evening and make you feel safe. This is great for those with a nervous disposition because it provides security and comfort, and can greatly reduce our stress levels.
They lower blood pressure
The great thing about having a dog is the fact that we will want to look after them and keep them healthy with exercise and foods (read more) and in turn, we want to do the same for ourselves. Having a dog can make us make better life choices, and it also reduces out blood pressure due to less stress. We become much healthier and happier people when we have a dog and this makes a huge difference to the quality of life we get to lead.
They help us talk to people
Dog people are very friendly. When you first get a dog and start to walk it around your area, you will notice the same people out with their dogs each day too. They will likely say hello and start to talk to you over the months because they are friendly and want to socialise. It can be a way of forcing you to speak to new people while having the support of yourfurry friendright there with you. As a result you will end up being a much more confident person and ready to tackle anything that comes your way. You’ll soon have no issues talking to new people and in fact, you could become the person who starts the conversation in the first place! Dogs are amazing and they will give us the confidence to be the person we always wanted to be.
They keep us secure
Dogs are usually very protective of their owners. In today’s day and age, you always have to think about safety. Having a dog is great because they are likely to bark or growl if they hear something suspicious. Additionally, you are less likely to be targeted on the street if you have a dog with you since you are not alone. Yes, fancy security systems are tempting to buy. But, I truly believe there is nothing that can protect you better than your furry friend.
Having a dog has truly improved my life. No matter how my day went, I always smile when I come home and greet my furever friend. Do you have a dog? Why do you love your pet? Let me know in the comments.