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Health & Wellness

The Benefits of Owning a Dog

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The Benefits of Owning a Dog

There’s something special about the bond between humans and their dogs. Not only do our furry friends provide us with companionship, but they can also have a positive impact on our physical and emotional well-being.

If you're considering adding a dog to your family, remember that it's a long-term commitment, but one that’s well worth it for the benefits it can offer.

Why is being a pet owner so beneficial?

The unconditional love and companionship offered by your dog not only makes them a great addition to your life, but this bond can also be a rewarding and beneficial experience.

Psychological benefits

Dogs are great at putting a smile on our faces, but the mental health benefits of having a four-legged companion can go far beyond this. According to the Waltham Petcare Science Institute, owning a dog can lower stress levels and reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety. Simply stroking a dog for a few minutes can release happy hormones like oxytocin, which help to reduce the level of the stress hormone, cortisol, in our bodies. As a result, people often report feeling more relaxed and less stressed in the company of a dog.

Physical health benefits

Owning a dog can provide a range of physical health benefits. For starters, it encourages you to stay active by taking your dog out for regular walks or runs. This can help you maintain a healthy weight, look after your joints, lower cholesterol levels, and reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes. 

In addition to this, dogs can help boost our immune systems, as the exposure to a range of bacteria and allergens found on dogs can cause your body to build up stronger immune responses.

Lifestyle benefits

Beyond getting us out of the house for regular walks, owning a dog can help us build structure in our day to day lives and give us a sense of purpose. Dogs are creatures of habit and thrive when they have a routine, and this consistency can benefit us too. 

Getting out and about with our dogs also creates opportunities to build new relationships with people in the local community, whether this be at the dog park, on a regular walking route, or in a dog-friendly cafe.

The benefits your dog experiences

It's not just you who benefits from owning a dog, your furry friend benefits too! From making sure they’re well exercised to providing them with love and affection, your companionship can brighten their lives as much as they do yours.

Health benefits

Just like humans, dogs need exercise to stay happy and healthy. A big element of responsible pet ownership is making sure your pooch gets regular walks, runs, and playtime. Plus, the companionship you can offer them makes your dog less likely to suffer from stress, depression, or separation anxiety.

Behavioural benefits

Dogs feel safe when there is familiarity and consistency in their life. By providing a clear routine and boundaries for your furry friend, you can give them a sense of security that can boost your bond with them and improve obedience. Owners who spend time training their dogs and establishing set boundaries often experience fewer undesirable behaviours, such as destructive tendencies, bathroom accidents, and aggression. 

Owning a dog can introduce a range of benefits to your life, from reducing stress levels and increasing physical activity to improving your mental health. And there are lots of benefits for your pooch too! If you’re considering getting a furry friend, remember that dog ownership requires commitment and responsibility, but the benefits are certainly worth it. For tips and advice on caring for your pooch, check out our help hub

 

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