We’ve all heard that therapy dogs and service animals are able to improve the lives of those they work with, but it’s not just those dogs that can make a difference. Dogs keep us healthy in a number of ways.
Natural Mood Enhancer
Owning a dog has been shown to reduce anxiety and depression, lower stress, and even increase your energy. People who have dogs tend to live overall happier lives than those who don’t. Much of this has been attributed to the fact that being around a dog can actually increase a person’s production of dopamine and serotonin, chemicals directly associated with happiness and well-being.
Reliable Exercise Buddy
When you just don’t feel motivated to get up and get moving, your dog can certainly help. You and your dog will both benefit from doing anything from going for a short walk, a run, bike ride, or even just throwing the Frisbee around. Your dog is one exercise buddy that will never say “no.”
Fewer Allergies, Stronger Immunity
Recent studies have shown that children who are exposed to pets from an early age have been more resistant to allergies and are even less likely to develop asthma. Having a dog in your life can be a simple way to build a strong and healthy immune system.
Good for Your Social Life
Your dog is a conversation starter. Whether you’re out for a walk with your four-legged friend, or letting him or her roam free at the local dog park, socializing with other dog owners is almost inevitable. Owning a dog is a great way to meet new people, and new dogs too.
Several studies have shown that people who own dogs are more likely to have healthier hearts. These people tend to have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and lower triglyceride levels than those who don’t own dogs.
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