As a furry doggo lover, there is no doubt in my mind that having a dog brings many upsides to one’s life. I mean, how can I NOT live happily waking up to a smiley face and wagging tail? For those of you who do not have a furry friend yet, or who are planning on adding one to your family, here are a few reasons to convince you guys even more!

  1. Dogs can cheer you up easily.

Spending just 15-30 minutes with your dog can help you feel more calm and relaxed, reducing stress and increasing happiness. Playing with your pup increases your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure and tranquility.

 

2. Having a dog may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Talking to and petting your dogs are often accompanied by lower blood pressure, and that means a lowered risk for a myriad of different illnesses.

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3. Having a dog improves your physical well being and encourages a healthy fitness routine.

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.

 

 

4. There’s never a dull or boring moment with them around.

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

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5. They make excellent watchdogs.

From the time they are born, dogs innately learn to watch and be aware of anything rotten coming your way. Potential burglars are put off by a barking or watching dog in the window. Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Scottish Terriers are among the top watchdog breeds.

 

6. Simply put, they are a human’s best friend.

Because of their heightened sense of smell, sight, and hearing, dogs are extremely intelligent creatures with a loyalty to their humans that is unexpectedly strong. Those with dogs will know–your pups can sense human body language, emotions, and feelings, and this paves the way for an unbreakable bond.

 

 

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