I’m sure many of you won’t need any persuasion to get a new pup. If you have the time, money and commitment required to correctly care for a doggo, there should be nothing stopping you! Alas, not everyone in the family can be as easily persuaded as yourself. I’ve decided to list just seven reasons you should get a dog – for the sake of your family’s health if nothing else.
It’s good for the heart
Every time your dog greets you with the waggiest of tails, rests their head on you or gaze at you with those loving, puppy dog eyes, it warms your heart, but recent developments in science suggest its doing more than just that. Studies show that canine companionship is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, resulting in a better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks. Further to that, those that do suffer from a heart attack a more likely to survive if they have a four-legged friend waiting for them at home…who knew?!
It’ll work wonders for your social life
Whether you opt for an adorable cute little puppy or rehome a slightly more mature doggo, everyone will want to meet the latest addition to your family. Aside from those you already know, researchers have found that 40% of dog-owners make friends more easily than those with canine-free homes, probably because 4 in 5 speak with other dog owners during walks. The wonders of social media mean you can share cute photos of your pup with your network – and they’ll love it! Or, take it one step further, and get your doggo their very own Instagram profile!
It’ll keep you healthy
While it’s easy to talk yourself out of a morning gym session or a post-work swim, it’s less easy to do so when you have a four-legged friend relying on you for some exercise! Owning a dog helps you to establish a regular walking routine, improving your fitness tenfold, making you less likely to develop weight-related diseases such as obesity or diabetes. In fact, a recent study found that dog owners take approximately 3,000 more steps per day than dog-less people, even in the winter. This is equal to 223 more minutes of daily movement and around 700 extra calories burned every week.
It’ll stop you from feeling lonely
One of the worst things a person can experience is loneliness, and it is comparable to smoking in terms of the impact it could have on your health. This is particularly relevant in the 21st-century, when the pressures of society are affecting people in a variety of ways. When you come home to a buddy, who is unreservedly delighted to see you, it provides a feel-good boost that is great for keeping those blues at bay. Any dog-owner can attest that after a tough day at the office, nothing cheers you up quite like the wagging tail of your canine chum!
It’ll stop your kids from developing skin conditions and allergies
Ok, so this one was news to me too, but recent studies show that children brought up in a dog-friendly household have a lower risk of developing asthma, allergies and eczema, and it’s all to do with dust. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that when mice were exposed to dust from households where dogs were allowed both inside and outside, they developed an altered community of microbes in the gut to protect against allergens. Think of the children!
It’ll make you (and your family) happy
Spending just 15-30 minutes of quality time with your pup will help you feel more calm and relaxed, increasing your level of happiness immediately. When you play with your pup, you increase your brains levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquillity. Whether you’re playing tug of war, teaching them new tricks or even just despairing of their latest raid through the bin, you can’t help but smile down at your cheeky chappy/chapette!
It’ll probably become your best friend
Dogs have a heightened sense of smell, sight and hearing, making them extremely intelligent creatures with an unfaltering loyalty to their humans. This allows them to connect with us in ways that other humans can’t, sensing body language, emotions and feelings to create an unbreakable bond for years to come. Hey, who couldn’t do with another best friend?
These are just some of the many reasons you should consider getting a dog and how they could have a positive impact in your life for years to come. Know someone who needs persuading? Tag them!