Dogs are always more than just cuddly companions. They are man’s best friend. Many research studies over the years have proved that pets bring happiness and health benefits to their owners.

Dogs keep you fit and active

Dogs are naturally high on energy. They love to play and exercise. As a result, the owners are inspired toward an active lifestyle. Adult dogs require at least two hours’ worth of exercise per week.

Make the owner’s world happier

Dogs offer unconditional love and acceptance

People feel less lonely when they spend time with a dog. Spending even a few minutes with the dog is an excellent way to get anxiety and blood pressure levels under control. We calm down when we are with our dogs. We slow our breath, our speech; our minds. Research shows that stroking a dog can lower blood pressure and heart rate and boost levels of serotonin and dopamine.

Taking care of a dog also brings structure to our day. For many people (especialy children) dogs bring reinforcement into their lives, they are capable of caring for and loving another being.

Boost immunity in children

There is a misconception that pets often contribute to children’s allergies. But, over the years, this misconception has been proved wrong by many research studies. Here is a snippet of this research:

Babies who grow up in homes with a pet — namely a dog or a cat — are less likely to get sick than children who live pet-free. 

The results bolster the notion that keeping infants’ environments overly sanitized isn’t good for their health.

On top of all the health benefits, dogs are full of fun and joy.  They make you laugh and are with you at the end of a long day. Dog owners not only live a healthier, longer life, but they also enjoy the benefit of a loyal and lovely companion.