You may have heard this before, but did you know that it’s actually true? Research has shown that owning a dog can in fact help you live a healthier life.
Sam, an older adult with Alzheimer’s, wrote a letter to his dog.
Many health benefits come along with owning a dog. There are therapy dogs for those in need, best friends for those desiring companionship, family dogs, and much, much more. Here are some of the ways dogs can affect human health and everyday lifestyle.
Overall Mood and Health
Dog owners typically walk more often than those who do not have dogs. According to a study in the Journal of Physical Activity and Health, dog owners are 34% more likely than those who don’t own dogs to get the right amount of exercise for their health, therefore, dog owners have been directly tied to weight-loss. Owning a dog helps lower blood pressure, decreases the likeliness to develop heart disease, and reduces the odds of suffering from depression.
No matter how busy life makes us, relaxation is a key aspect in maintaining a positive mood and healthy lifestyle. Imagine the feeling you get when you walk into your house after a long day of work. Your pup always greets you with joy! How can that adorable face not put you in a better mood?
It’s been said that babies raised by families with dogs may be less likely to develop allergies and asthma. According to Many Babies Healthier in Homes With Dogs via WebMD Health News, kids in homes with dogs have fewer respiratory and ear infections, and need fewer courses of antibiotics.
Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia
According to Pets and Dementia via The Alzheimer’s Project, pets assist individuals with dementia by giving them support and unconditional love. Dogs can put patient’s minds at ease and make them feel as if they are in a safer place on a daily basis.
In terms of lifestyle, owning a dog helps with the following:
Dogs truly make best friends. They provide unconditional love no matter what happens in life.
Meeting new People
Meeting new people, especially other dog-lovers is always a fun time! Check out our blog on 5 summer activities to do with your dog. Walking groups are a great way to meet others. You get some exercise, and your best friend can make new dog friends too!
Dogs reduce anxiety in our lives for a variety of reasons. What it boils down to is our brains producing serotonin, prolactin, and oxytocin otherwise known as the “feel good” hormones when we interact with dogs which help us relax.
As the owner of a happy and healthy best friend, you have most likely experienced one or two of the health benefits above. Or maybe you know someone such as a family member or close friend, who would appreciate one of the benefits that come with owning a dog. Look at Sam in the photo above; owning a dog has made a difference in his life.
Why do you love your dog so much? Share your story with us in the comments below!