We absolutely love dogs around here and frankly, we think they’re better than most people we’ve met in our life. But that’s another story for another day; however, did you know that science says having a dog is super beneficial? Today we’re looking at the science-backed reasons everyone should have a dog. Or five. Let’s get started!
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Dogs are Good for Your Heart
Studies have shown that dog owners have lower blood pressure and tend to respond to stress better. Think about it, when you have a dog at home and you’re feeling a little stressed out, what do you do? Snuggle up with your four-legged family member, give him or her a few pets, and before you know it, you don’t even remember why you were stressed.
Feeling Lonely? Not on Your Dog’s Watch
When humans go without another human touch for too long they tend to feel more depressed, they even tend to have a weaker immune system, but having a dog around? You can say goodbye to loneliness. This is especially true for the elderly, but studies have also found dogs have done wonders for those that have been feeling extra lonely during the pandemic. Just a little tip from our dog-loving selves, if you’re on the fence, reach out to your local animal shelter and ask them about foster programs.
Get on Your Feet
If you need a little extra motivation to get up and move around, a dog can do that for you, no problem! In 2019 a study found that dog owners are four times as likely as non-dog-owners to get up and meet their daily physical goal. In fact, the study found that dog owners spend roughly 300 minutes walking their pets every week, which is pretty impressive compared to the mere 100 minutes per week non-dog-owners spend walking.
Love at First Sight
Do you fall in love with every dog’s face that you see? Well, of course you do because a dog’s facial features possess what is known as an infant schema, which sets off a caregiver response in humans. So just know it’s totally normal to not be able to resist that face.
If you’ve been feeling a little lonely from the pandemic or just from life, consider checking out your local animal shelter to find a four-legged family member that will love you unconditionally and just be an all-around benefit to your well-being.