Dogs offer more than companionship and unconditional love. Hanging out with our four-legged loyal friend can do wonders for your health. Their adorable and all time happy faces fill our lives with joy, but other than that there are numerous benefits of having a dog. If you ever needed convincing that dogs are man’s best friend, here’s all the proof you need:
1. Dogs improve your heart health
Studies show that petting or playing with a dog lowers a person’s heart rate, decreased triglyceride levels, and reduce cholesterol. Therefore, the person who owns a dog is more likely to have a healthy heart. Some research has also shown that dog owners are much more likely to survive a heart attack as compared to non-dog owners. Dogs fill your heart and actually make it stronger.
2. You’re less likely to feel depressed
The benefits of owning a dog extend to your mental health as well. Spending some time with your dog can lower anxiety and blood pressure, and increase levels of dopamine and serotonin, that play big roles in calm and wellbeing. Studies show that people who interact with a pet while working or while performing some stressful tasks do better when they when there’s a dog around and lower stress levels throughout the day.
3. Dogs improve your social life
As we get elder, it becomes harder to get out, meet people and make new friends. But it is not so for dog owners. Studies say that dog owners had more closer and supportive relationship with people in their lives. The young adults and teenagers who grow up with a dog become more understanding and confident.
4. Dogs keep you fit and active
Although owning other pets have positive effects on your health as well, but owning a dog have added benefits because the dogs need to be played and walked several times a day. In fact, dog owners walk an average of 300 minutes per week as compared to non-dog owners walk an average of 168 minutes a week. So yes, as a bonus, taking a dog for a walk everyday can considerably improve your health.
5. Dogs may detect cancer sooner
Your dog could save your life one day: A dog’s incredible sense of smell can be used for a variety of purposes, along with cancer detection. Many stories of dog owners have reported their dog licking, sniffing, or nudging spots that later turned out to be cancerous. The unscientific evidence has been backed up by scientific studies, and some dogs are now trained to detect cancer in humans.
6. You’re more resistant to allergies
In past, it was believed that having a dog in your home trigger to children’s allergies. But the recent research shows just the opposite: Having a dog or cat actually lowers a risk of children’s to have allergies. In fact, the children who are raised around a dog have an increased immunity to pet allergies in future.
7. Dogs make us happy
You want to feel happy, just look at your dog and you’ll feel much happier. According to a 2019 study in Japan, the level of oxytocin raises just by staring into your dog’s eyes. Oxytocin is well known as “love hormone”. Therefore Dog owners have the less chances of suffering from depression. Probably, the dog owners interact more with others and have an increased feeling of well-being. The love and interaction with a dog can also help people to stay positive.
8. Your risk for general illness decreases
The disinfectants we use in our daily life are making us sicker; since our bodies are exposed to a less diverse mix of germs. Fortunately, dogs are covered with a variety of germs. Therefore having a dog in house means more diverse germs gets inside the house which in return can build up a human’s immunity to disease. As a result, owners of dogs get less sick as compared to non-dog owners.