What are the benefits of having a dog…

I have always had dogs around me. I remember my first dog, Sugar, from when I was a child. She was always by my side. I am very grateful to be raised that way and in fact it made me a healthier person! Here are proven facts and studies that show there truly are health benefits to having a dog!

10 reasons life is better with a dog…

  1. Dogs reduce stress levels. Did you know just the act of petting a dog can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. Petting a dog for just 10 to 15 minutes can release “feel good” hormones to also help cope with depression and other mental illness.
  2. Dogs can smell cancer. It is known that Dogs have the ability to smell cancer on a human body. Many studies state that dogs have pointed out cancer sites to their owners by licking or repeatedly sniffing a mole or lump!
  3. Dogs force you to exercise. All dogs need exercise, although some more than others. Dogs can keep you healthy and at a healthy weight by getting out and getting that fresh air! Don’t forget to take your shoes off for even more grounding benefits!
  4. Dogs are personal security. When you have a dog you never have to be alone. Even though my dogs are sweet, they can sound mean when they hear something or scare the mail man! Studies have shown that potential break ins are put off by barking dogs.
  5. Dogs teach responsibility. Children especially benefit from having with a dog. They need to be fed, watered, exercised, potty-time, etc. A dog is like a child and needs around the clock attention.
  6. Dogs can reduce allergies. I know it sounds backwards but it’s true! Studies have shown growing up with a dog in your house reduces your chance to develop allergies over the course of your life.
  7. Dogs can help you be social. People tend to gravitate towards people with dogs. Plus it gives off an impression that you are trust worthy.
  8. Dogs make work more enjoyable. Bringing dogs to work is increasing as it shows to lower work stress and keep staff more energized. Employers are now realizing the benefits of having a dog around at work. They can pet, walk or play with their dog which makes them more productive and satisfied. That is why I love working from home!!!
  9. Dogs teach compassion. Studies have shown children with dogs show more empathy and show more positive attitude towards animals. Dogs love humans more than themselves so we feel that heart and soul.
  10. Dogs connect with our souls! I wrote another blog about just how connected dogs are to our souls. It is said they can reincarnate and be our pet again and again.

Hope you enjoyed learning about all the extra benefits dogs bring us!

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37 comments

  1. The biggest reason I enjoy having pets is because I enjoy having pets around for the company! I love playing catch with my dog.

  2. This is such a sweet post! I love pets as well and I have always had cats around me. I had a dog as I was growing up but unfortunately someone poisoned him 🙁

  3. This is great knowledge. People told me it will increase allergy since I have low immunity. So, this post has enlightened me with correct info. I did not know it can detect cancer too. That’s amazing quality.

    • Absolutely! Just like they can smell out drugs, bombs, track missing people,etc. They can smell many different types of cancers! Happy to hear you are getting dog when your son turns 7. Dogs are great for kids! 🙂

  4. I have a cat, but I have had dogs in the past and I agree with everything you said here. Dogs are amazing companions and they are full of love 🙂

  5. Perfect. We just got our daughter a puppy. I’m excited to teach her how to love others.

  6. I love dogs they are great companions to humans but The reason why I don’t own one is because I know I’d be too attached to them that I wouldn’t be able to handle it when they leave me

  7. Me and my family are pet lover in fact we have a cute Labrador dog here he’s so hyper and my stress reliever also dog are best friend and part of family. Dogs deserve love for us.

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