8 Reasons Owning a Dog is Good For You

Do we really need an excuse to have a dog? Nope! They bring excitement and fulfillment to our lives–who doesn’t enjoy that? A day without dogs would just be plain boring. Roger Caras said it best when he stated, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” It makes sense that we spoil them with dog toys and treats; we owe them for the joy they bring to us every day.

8 Reasons Owning A Dog Makes Your Life Better

Dogs Are Mood Boosters

Feeling a little down and out? Well, the solution is simple–get a dog! It is a proven fact that spending quality time and interacting with our dogs can boost our mood substantially by raising oxytocin levels. Those who own a dog are also generally happier and less lonely than those who do not own a pet.

Dogs Help Us Stay Motivated and Active

The dreaded “e” word…exercise. While most of us have a love/hate relationship with it, our dogs are always eager to get moving, and we envy them for that. They help us maintain an active lifestyle, and as responsible dog owners it is our job to walk them even when we really don’t want to. Generally speaking, a dog needs around 30-60 minutes of exercise a day, which is great for us as well!

woman jogging with her dog at sunset

Dogs Are the Ultimate Stress Relievers

Move over meditation! It is also proven fact that petting or playing with a dog can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease the production of the stress hormone cortisol. It is almost impossible to stay stressed when we hang out with our pups. What’s more is that they actually help lower blood pressure as well.

Dogs Transform Us Into Social Butterflies

Our pets help us connect with others, and they make great conversation starters. Not only that but it makes you much more approachable and is a great way to make new friends who have similar interests – like dogs. Hitting up your local dog park is a fun way to spend time with your pup and meet new people all at the same time.

Paging Dr. Dog

Dogs’ sniffers are about 10,000 to 100,000 times stronger than that of humans, and they also have a keen “sixth sense.” Some dogs can even detect cancer in people and have even been trained to do so. Studies have shown that a dog can detect early stages of cancer with 88% distinction and 99% sensitivity.

Never a Dull Moment with a Dog

Dogs bring unmatched excitement to our everyday lives. They say laughter is the best medicine, and it’s true! Our pups are always making us laugh. Whether it’s watching them chase their tails, running rapid throughout the house or simply rolling around in the yard – their weird ways have a way of making us smile.

older couple sitting with dog smiling

Dogs Help Us Get Up Early

Most dogs are early risers and whether you like it or not, as a dog owner that usually makes you one too. Unlike an alarm, it is hard to ignore them when they paw at your face or stare at you wide-eyed, whimpering. Starting the day out early means you can be productive earlier rather than later, and you have your dog to thank for that!

Dogs Truly Are Man’s Best Friend

A dog sticks us through thick and thin. At our lowest lows or our highest highs, a dog is always willing to stick by our side no matter what. They are devoted to us and love us unconditionally.

big dog slobbering on his owner

After reading this, it makes sense to thank your dog for all that they do. After all, what would we do without them?