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16 Ways Your Dog Will Improve The Quality Of Your Life

As someone who has spent the majority of their life with dogs, there is no doubt in my mind that having a dog brings many upsides to my life. I mean, how can I NOT live happily knowing there is a wagging tail and wet kisses waiting for me every morning? I did some digging (no pun intended) and I found out that there are actual scientifically proven benefits of having a dog (or five) in each of our lives! Read on –

1. Dogs improve your mood dramatically

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How can you feel calm, relaxed and less stressed in 15 minutes? Spend some time with your dog! Play time with your pupper increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility. So the next time you’re feeling down, grab a toy and start playing with your doggo. That wagging tail will be sure to put a smile on your face 🙂

2. Reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease

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Studies show that petting and talking to your pups are often accompanied by lower blood pressure. Which means a lowered risk for a myriad of different illnesses.

3. Dogs protect children from skin conditions and allergies

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Kids who’ve grown up with dogs have a lower risk of developing eczema than those who have cats or no dogs at all. Yes, it’s true! In addition, children also develop fewer pet allergies if they grow up with a dog.

4. Having a dog improves your physical wellbeing and encourages a healthy fitness routine

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Of course! Your dog requires daily exercise, and so do you! Dog owners carry the responsibility of playing with and working their dogs, so it only makes sense that dog people tend to be more active.

5. Humans with dogs recover more quickly from illnesses

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Humans with dogs have a much higher rate of recovery from being sick than humans without dogs. In fact, humans with pooches who suffered from heart attacks were twice as likely to fully recover than those without! Talk about the best medicine!

6. Dogs make excellent service and alert animals

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Although service dogs in India is something that is yet to pick up, in many countries globally, they are helping provide a much needed service to people with disabilities. They make excellent service companions when trained properly. They can be trained to bring medication, alleviate a stressful situation for their human, and even detect an approaching epileptic seizure.

7. Improve your child’s self esteem

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Studies say that having a dog can improve a child’s self-esteem, and makes issues that cause stress easier to handle. As a parent, that’s practically a no brainer.

8. They are a human’s best friend

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Dogs have a heightened sense of smell, sight, and hearing, and are extremely intelligent creatures who are unexpectedly loyal to their humans. Those with dogs will know–your pups can sense human body language, emotions, and feelings. And all of this paves the way for an unbreakable bond.

9. They will go to great lengths–4,506 kms to be exact–to find their humans

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Heard the story of Bobbie the Wonderdog? Well, Bobbie traveled a whopping 4,506 kms to return to his family after accidentally being abandoned across the country.

10. They make excellent watchdogs

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From puppyhood, dogs learn to watch and be aware of anything rotten coming your way. Potential burglars are put off by a barking or alert dog in the window or behind the door. Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Alsatians are among the top watchdog breeds, but even my fluffy Cocker Spaniel is known to be great at alerting families of anything odd or suspicious! With a little bit of training, most dogs can be made to alert if there is anything suspicious. That includes the mailman too 😛

11. Dogs help increase social interactions

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A lot can happen over coffee puppy. This should not be a surprise to humans with dogs. Not only do they need care and playtime with their humans, but they need time to socialize with other pups too! This means that their humans will have a chance to socialize while they oversee the puppy playdates. Those of you with pups know that even going on a walk in the neighborhood can bring many friends and start many conversations!

12. There’s never a dull or boring moment

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Ever found yourself wondering – what to do today? There are so many things you can do with your dog, whether that be taking a trip to the park, training, playing, running, or just watching them chew a toy. It’s all fun, for both of you.

13. Dogs may save your life

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Our lovely furries seem to be able to detect the smell of cancer in human bodies. There have been stories of pups who continued to lick and sniff at moles or lumps on their human’s bodies, which eventually turned out to be cancerous. Since this superpower was discovered in dogs, there are special training sessions where dogs have even been trained in just 3 hours to detect cancer! True!

14. Stressed? Prescribed medication – one adorable puppy

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There is an increasing trend in workplaces allowing dogs to come to work with their humans. Studies have shown that people who take their dogs to work have lower stress levels during the workday. And who doesn’t like a floofball hanging out during meetings, right?!

15. Having a dog makes YOU more awesome

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I strongly believe that the responsibility, patience, selflessness, and commitment that comes with having a dog, makes us stronger and all-around better people.

We’ve heard the phrase, “Who rescued who?” and it’s certainly something to consider. Dogs have proven that they improve our physical and mental health, as well as the health of those around us.

16. Need we say more?

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