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36 Awesome Reasons Why You Should Own A Dog

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Siberian Husky

If you’re a dog owner, you probably know exactly why dogs make wonderful lifelong companions and friends. They fill your life with love, loyalty and fun, and can really enhance your enjoyment of life.

However, the benefits of owning a dog is even more profound. A recent study of more than 3.4 million people has linked dog ownership to a longer life.

Here are a few more reasons why dogs are considered the best pets in the world:

  • Dogs are highly social animals that do their best to get on with all kinds of animals.
  • Owning a dog motivates you to exercise regularly, which is the key to overall health and happiness. In fact, dog owners are 34% more likely to get enough exercise than non-pet owners are.
  • Taking your dog for a 30-minute walk every day will help you lose weight, lower your cholesterol, and decrease your risk of diabetes.
  • Dogs help their owners combat depression. Dog owners are less likely to be depressed, and dog owners who have been diagnosed with clinical depression are not likely to be as depressed as other people.
  • Patients with Alzheimer’s disease have fewer outbursts when there is a dog in the home. They are soothed by dogs, whose companionship also seems to mitigate emotional flare-ups and aggression.

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    • Dog owners are known to have lower triglyceride and cholesterol compared to non-dog owners. This means that they tend to experience fewer health problems than non-dog owners.
    • Dogs will do anything to make their owners happy, even if it means going though pain.
    • Dogs find joy in every little thing that they make you appreciate the little things in life.
    • Research has found that your everyday, average household pet can be trained to distinguish the differences in the breath of those with breast and lung cancer to those without.
    • Dogs tend to love their owner unconditionally.
    • According to a study published in the “International Journal of Workplace Health Management”, bringing your dog to work can actually help to relieve stress.
    • Dogs can pick up on your emotions, and will try to cheer you up when you’re feeling down in the dumps.
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British Bulldog
  • Dogs have an extremely powerful sense of smell. The part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than humans’.
  • When raised correctly, dogs can be amazing athletes.
  • Dogs will give you something to laugh and smile about every day.
  • Studies show that barking dogs deter burglars. Having a dog such as an Alsatian makes you feel more confident and secure.
  • Studies show that owning a dog helps to reduce stress hormones. Petting your dog, playing with your dog, and simply watching your dog has been known to reduce your stress levels each day.
  • It may improve your social life because people are more likely to stop and chat with you when you’re walking a dog.
  • People who own dogs laugh more, according to a study published in the journal Society & Animals.
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Alsatian
  • Many dog owners have reported their dog sniffing, licking, or nudging spots that later turned out to be cancerous.
  • Children that are brought up around a dog are less likely to have allergies, and living in a home with a dog can help kids grow up to have an increased immunity to pet allergies later in life.
  • Clinical studies have proved that petting a dog lowers a person’s heart rate. This means that dog owners are more likely to have a healthy heart.
  • Dogs are extremely loyal creatures. They will never betray you. They’ll follow you everywhere, protect you, and will not ask for much in return.
  • Numerous studies have shown that having a pet can pet owners adopt and maintain a positive, optimistic outlook.
  • Dogs can also help improve quality of life for people with autismand assist children in learning to read.
Yorkshire Terrier
Yorkshire Terrier
  • Spending time with an animal increases your level of the hormone oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone,” a neurotransmitter that increases trust and reduces fear.
  • Dogs are always excited to see you whenever you get home even if you only went out for a five-minute trip to the store.
  • Dogs always make sure that no food ever goes to waste, although it is important to ensure that you are not feeding your dog food that could be bad for its overall health.
  • According to the American Heart Association, owning a dog could actually reduce your risk of getting cardiovascular disease.
  • Dogs’ super social nature has allowed them to develop bigger brains, and those smarts are what make them so trainable.
Black Labrador
Labrador
  • They seem to have sixth sense when it comes to compassion and understanding. It has also been discovered that dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions, and can pick up on your emotions.
  • In addition to loving their human owners, dogs love each other.
  • Reduced doctor visits. If you’re over 65 and own a pet, odds are you seek medical help about 30 percent less often than people who don’t have a pet. To wit: A study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology established that animal-owning seniors on Medicare “reported fewer doctor contacts over the 1-year period than respondents who did not own pets.”
  • Service dogs are known to benefit people with everything from traumatic brain injury to autism to rheumatoid arthritis, increasing mobility and promoting independence.
  • In addition to sniffing out cancer, dogs can also be trained to identify when their human counterparts experience a seizure.
  • According to a study published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, elderly people who walk their dogs are more physically fit than the elderly who walk with other people.

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