5 Ways Your Dog Makes You Healthier

Dog on the beachWe all know dogs offer love and companionship. Why else would they be called “man’s best friend?” But did you know they also provide their owner with powerful mental and physical health benefits.

You’re more active

Okay, maybe your bulldog wants to lie on the couch all day snoring, but most dogs love to go for walks, hikes and are always up for a game of tug. Several studies have shown that dog owners get more daily exercise than non-dog owners.

Remember, some dogs need more exercise than others, for bigger dogs try rollerblading, running, biking or skateboarding to get the blood flowing. 10 Dog breeds that will keep you fit.

Lower cholesterol, less stress

People with pets have been found to have lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels when compared to people who did not have pets, even when matched for weight, diet and smoking habits.

Fight  allergies

While dogs can be one of the worst triggers for people with allergies, growing up in a house with a furry dog makes your children less likely to develop allergies and asthma later on in life. Other studies have shown infants who live in a home with dogs or cats were less likely to have eczema, and showed higher levels of some immune system chemicals, leading to stronger immune systems.

Better social life

Whether you’re looking for a date Saturday night or just looking to spark up a conversation with a stranger, pets can be an instant ice breaker. While no one gets a pet solely for the purpose of making new friends, dog lovers love nothing more than to talk about their furry best friends. Dogs also give their owners more social opportunities by attending training classes, dog parks and other dog friendly activities.

Be happier

Everyone knows dog is man’s best friend, but did you know interaction with dogs is scientifically proven to boost your mood? Playing with or petting your dog raises the levels of serotonin and dopamine, your brain’s “feel good chemicals.” Dog owners are also less likely to suffer from depression than non-pet owners, providing companionship and a sense of purpose.

Join the conversation. Do you own a dog or other pet? What are your favorite activities? How does your pet help you feel better?

Sources: www.aspca.org/ http://www.cdc.gov/

  4 comments for “5 Ways Your Dog Makes You Healthier

  1. July 21, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    lots of great information and inspiration

  2. Michele Tripp
    July 27, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I have 4 corgis. I show two of them. They make me laugh, smile and have fun. Taking them for walks is one of my favorite things to do with them.

  3. David Belval
    July 20, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    This blog stinks …. Hehe jk it’s really good and informative hehahhaehehehehaha

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