Seven Ways A Dog Can Make Your Life Better

If you are thinking of getting a dog, or even adding another canine to your pack, here are seven scientifically sound reasons a dog is likely to make your life better.

One – Hanging around your dog for a mere fifteen to thirty minutes can dramatically boost your mood and help you feel more relaxed and calm. That’s because playing or even just being in the presence of your pup encourages your brain to pump out more dopamine and serotonin, the feel good neurotransmitters.

Two – People who have dogs in their lives tend to be more active and get more exercise. This makes for a healthier you, as it encourages you to develop a regular fitness and exercise routine.

Three – And it’s no surprise that dog owners tend to have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Perhaps that’s because we get more exercise, but dog owners also get the benefit of having lower blood pressure when in the presence of their canine companion and this likely plays a part as well.

Four – People who have dogs recover from illnesses more quickly than those people who don’t. This is true even with people who suffered with something as serious as a heart attack, with those who owned dogs twice as likely to fully recover than those who did not.

Five – Dogs can help increase your social interactions and help you make new friends. You dog needs playtime with other dogs and this gives you a chance to meet and make friends with other dog owners. 

Six – Dogs make great work companions. Companies who allow their employees to bring their dogs to work report happier, less stressed workers. And for those of us who work at home, we are fortunate we can hang out with our dogs all the time.

Seven – Dogs are truly a human’s best friend. The human dog bond has been forged over tens of thousands of years and canines are very loyal to their human companions. Our dogs can sense our emotions and body language and the evidence is strong they feel actual love for us. 

The feeling is mutual because we all know dogs are awesome!

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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