Owning a dog is one of the biggest responsibilities you could have. They’re like your own children that you nurture and take care of.
In return they give you love that is unconditional and become your lifelong companion through the best of times and even the worst of times.
I’ve had a lot of ups and downs in life but one thing I can always say, my dogs have always been there and they never fail to help bring a smile to my face.
It may seem like the most common thing that we note about owning a dog is their companionship. But in reality there’s a lot more to them. They do offer many health benefits that go beyond companionship and science has proven a good number of these health benefits to be true.
Health Benefits of Owning a Dog
They Help You Get More Exercise
This is one of the the most common things that I see dogs help with their owners. Most of us spend our days seated behind a desk. As we get older, we get less and less exercise which eventually becomes harmful for our health.
Dogs are known to be active creatures. They are playful, love to run and walk around. They are very curious so they like going to new places too.
One of the things I quickly notice with new dog owners is they get more exercise with their dogs. This can come in the form of just regular walks with their pets, or playing with them. I even see a lot of people bring their dogs as workout companions when they exercise outdoors.
Owning a Dog Helps Improve Our Heart
Thanks to the added physical activity and companionship, our bodies see a number of benefits in the long term. One of the biggest things that have been medically proven is that dog owners have improved heart health.
Studies have revealed that those who owned dogs had better heart health, and low risks of heart disease and stroke over the long term. This may be in fact thanks to the extra exercise we get when we own a dog.
The added physical activity also helps improve other health issues. Owning a dog has been shown to improve cholesterol levels and also triglycerides. Compared to non-dog owners, those who had at least one dog in the household also had lower blood pressure.
Dogs Help Us Get More Social (and Away from Isolation)
People are meant to be social beings. But in the digital lifestyle that’s common nowadays, we see more and more of us step away from social engagements and just deal with people digitally.
This can be in the form of email, chat or social networks. Gone are the days when we go out and interact with people.
Dogs help increase our social interactivity. Whether you’re an introvert who isn’t good at engaging with others in public or just don’t know how to meet other people, dogs offer a quick and easy way to get acquainted with others.
Simply walking your dog or going to the park with them you’ll be able to meet new people and strike up a conversation with them.
They Help Our Immune System
The human immune system is a dynamic structure that adapts to what it meets. Dogs help boost our immunity to allergies, asthma and help strengthen its immune response.
Kids who grew up in households that owned dogs were shown to have less allergy problems and asthma as they grew up. Scientists believe that being exposed to the pets an earlier age allowed the children and their immune systems to adapt to the allergens and overcome them.
This helped them become stronger as they grew up becoming immune to them.