Ever wondered why so many people love to have a dog as a pet, even though it sounds like a lot of work or responsibility?
Well, you will be surprised to know what studies have shown about how dogs as pets can boost up your well-being.
Imagine after returning back from a hectic day at work, someone is really excited to see you back and unconditionally loves you for who you are. Sounds like what you would expect from a family member. And that is what exactly dog becomes, once they come into our life.
Here are some very interesting facts that studies have shown having dogs as pets. If you’re to have a dog, tell your parents about these benefits to convince them to get you one!
- Improving your blood pressure:
A study has shown that playing with your dogs or petting it or just snuggling with it, reduce the high blood pressure and helps you feel relaxed and happy. More stable blood pressure means less pressure on the heart and indeed less pressure on the heart means a healthy heart which can lengthen your lifespan. Sounds like a pretty sweet deal.
- Creating more social contacts:
You must have seen many videos on social media, showing girls approaching guys just because they have a cute dog. This is not far from the truth, as it shows that you are a person who can be trusted and dogs can be great conversation starters. In this regard, the dog owner’s community is big and is well connected via dog websites. These dog websites are a great place to create more social contacts with other dog owners and also helps you solve your issues with your pet dog as they have huge and useful information about the common problems and solutions for a dog owner. Dog owner websites can be great for having a get together for fellow dog owners and exchanging knowledge about the dogs.
- Reducing stress and anxiety:
Studies have shown that playing with your dogs and interacting with them can reduce the level of stress hormone which is known as “cortisol”. Also, people with dogs as a pet usually are able to have a better work-life balance as they usually spend time with their four-legged companions every day that helps them forget the stress at work. Studies have shown that dogs help people who are suffering from wartime trauma or other phobia induced anxiety to stay calm and build trust again.
- Reducing proneness to Allergies:
Nowadays this new generation of young people is prone to have allergies to day to day things like cat hair, or pollen or even dust. Studies have shown that the cure lies within the problem. Early exposure to pathogens and allergens can build a stronger immune system for the future and make you less susceptible to allergic attack.
- Better Health:
Studies have shown that the dog owners are around 54% more likely to be fit than the non-dog owners.
The primary reason for this is that the dog owners take their dog out on a walk daily, which not only keeps the dog healthy but in turn, helps the owner also to be healthy, Even playing with the dog, simple games can make you do some cardiovascular exercises and sweat daily. Studies have also shown that dog owners tend to have low cholesterol levels because of daily playing and also lower blood pressure.
- Providing Companionship:
Dogs provide you true companionship without any expectations. Companionship helps you build trust in someone other than self. Companionship reduces anxiety and prevents many illnesses. When you have a companion, it helps you prevent depression. Staying alone and in isolation can cause depression and that is exactly what dog helps you avoid.
- Learning how to make and maintain new Relationships:
Dogs are not toys that you buy and use only when you feel like doing so. Dogs are living beings that become part of your family and deserve to be treated like a family member. Having a dog is a responsibility and a commitment. Don’t think it doesn’t teach you anything. Having a dog as a pet teaches you, how to build and sustain a relationship and it also teaches you that when someone loves you, you have to do hard work to deserve that unconditional love. Also, it makes you more responsible and helps you understand someone’s feelings without actually asking a question as dogs can’t talk but you still have to understand them.
- Better sleep schedule and quality:
Studies have shown that dog owners have a better sleep cycle and they get better quality sleep. Some dog owners allow their dogs to enter their bed in the night and like to snuggle and sleep with them. This gives them a feeling of security and prevents thoughts of loneliness. Also playing with your dog and going out for a walk works as an exercise and a stress buster. This causes a better quality of sleep due to some kind of daily physical activity.
- Having a well-planned scheduled day:
Dogs have specific requirements, such as regular time feeding, scheduled baths and daily walks at a certain fixed time. Having a dog in your life not only adds a responsibility in your life but also makes it a requirement to have a well-planned schedule for your day to day life. This not only makes handling your dog’s responsibility easier but also makes you have a structure in your life and add a kind of routine which is required for having a night of regular sleep and eating cycle which in turn keeps you healthy. And as many great wise men have said, the first step to becoming successful in life is to add a structure in your day and if dogs can do that for you, we might as well go ahead and say, if you want to be successful in life, go and get a dog as a pet.
- Getting a purpose in life:
Many people think getting a dog as a pet is only for young people or for kids. But dogs are of great benefits to old retired people too, who have a lot of free time on hand don’t know how to spend it. Studies have shown that people over 65 years of age who are dog owners visit doctors less number of times than the one who doesn’t own a dog. A dog adds a purpose in life for people who have retired and don’t know what to do next. Not only dogs add a routine in their life, but it also makes them feel needed and important and brings a smile on their face which helps to have good mental health. At the end of the day isn’t that what we all need.
These were some of the ways in which Dogs as pets can boost up your well-being. So, what are you waiting for? Adopt away a pooch and see it bring magic to your life.