As a furry pup lover, there is no doubt in my mind that having a dog brings many upsides to my life. I mean, how can I not live happily waking up to a smiley face and wagging tail? For those of you who do not yet have a furry friend, or who are planning on adding one to your family, you’ll be glad to hear that there are scientifically proven benefits that dogs bring to each of our lives!
When you own a furry friend, you know they are a great source of joy and happiness! From waking you up with a jubilant romp, a smiling face and a wagging tail? If you don’t currently have a furry friend, but you are wondering what they will add to your life, we wanted to give you 7 scientifically proven benefits that dogs bring daily to your life!
7 Reasons Why Dogs Are Great Companions
1.) They significantly increase your mood
Whenever you come home to your playful pup, you feel a sense of relief and a sense of calming. It is proven that 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.) Dogs protect kids from skin conditions and allergies
Kids who grow up in a home with dogs have shown lower cases of developed eczema that those who do not have dogs or are in a home with cats. In addition to this, in an uncommonly known fact children also develop fewer pet allergies if they grow up with a dog.
3.) Having a furry friend increases your overall health and wellbeing
Your pup needs a daily exercise routine to release some energy and get out of the house, and that helps you get up and moving at least once a day.
4.) Humans with dogs are sick less frequently, and recover more quickly from illness
Not only do they protect your skin and prevent allergies, dog owners have a much higher rate of recovery from sickness than cat or non-dog owners. In fact, humans with canine companions who suffered from heart attacks were over twice as likely to make a full recovery than those without!
5.) Children with pups miss less school
Similar to the above state, research has shown that children from dog-owning families have better school attendance due to better overall health and less sickness from having a pup at home.
6.) Dogs also improve your kids self esteem
Having a dog has proven to make issues that arise less stressful and much easier to handle, and will help to exponentially improve a child’s self esteem.
7.) They are truly man (and woman’s) best friend
Not only are they cuddly and cute, but because of their heightened sense of smell, sight, and hearing, dogs are extremely intelligent creatures with a loyalty to their humans that is unequivocally strong. Your loyal dogs can sense human body language, emotions, and feelings, and form an unbreakable bond with those they love.
So whether you have a loving furry friend or are thinking of getting one in the future, you can see that they have so many amazing benefits to help improve your life!