Are you interested in owning a pet and don’t know which one to get, or are you already a dog-lover and just want to know more about man’s best friend? Regardless of your reasons for reading this, there are a lot of benefits to owning a dog. Dogs are great for your physical and mental health and here are some reasons why.
- They evolved to love us There’s evidence to suggest that we didn’t domesticate wolves – they came to us first. The friendliest ones hung around our ancestors’ campsites and so began the evolution of the modern dog.
- Your dog is the perfect doorbell – and security system. I’m the type of person who swears that someone is breaking into my house the second a pipe makes a sound or the dryer goes off. I’m skittish, and I think I’ll always be skittish, despite the fact that (knock on wood!) I’ve never had any type of traumatic event happen to me before that’d make me extra cautious. Dogs can pretty much hear what’s happening a block over. If there’s another dog a neighborhood away, my dog wants to meet that dog immediately and loudly tell it not to come too close to his house. If a noise occurs and my dog doesn’t have a reaction, I know it’s harmless.
- Your dog is like a child but without any tantrums. A new study came out recently that more young women these days have dogs over children. While I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that, it made news for a reason: It’s fascinating. Over the past seven years, the number of live births per 1,000 women between ages 15 and 29 in America has plunged 9 percent. And according to research from the American Pet Products Association, the number of small dogs — under 25 pounds — in the United States has skyrocketed, from 34. 1 million in 2008 to 40.8 million in 2012. For women who choose to be childless, can’t have children, or simply want to raise a puppy before raising a baby, having a dog is an amazing feeling.
- Health Benefits If you’re looking to stay fit or meet a fitness goal, daily walks will keep you on that path. But aside from the obvious, dogs provide health benefits that can’t be measured in the mirror. If you have high blood pressure, you may receive a bit of good news the next time you visit your doctor, if you have a dog. According to Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities, researchers at Baker Medical Research Institute in 1992 found that pet owners experienced lower systolic blood pressure than people who did not own a pet. In fact, the simple act of petting a puppy can lower your stress level. Plus, the fur will keep your hands warm in the winter.
- Your dog helps keep the bed warm. According to a study by Time4Sleep, 25% of pet owners allow their pets to sleep on their beds at night. While some don’t like Rover to hog the sheets, you have to admit – dogs help warm up the bed on cold nights. If your dog doesn’t snore, you’re even luckier. Regardless – if you sleep alone, it’ll probably be pretty comforting to have a friend by your side. (And have you ever witnessed a dog dreaming? It’s hilarious.)