We know that one of the main benefits of having a dog is that they provide us with unconditional love. But there are also so many other benefits of having a dog such as mental and physical health.
So when you’ve finished reading this post I want you to go and hug your dog and say “I love you unconditionally”.
Below I’ve listed the most common benefits of having a dog and I hope that this post brings you joy and feel more connected to your furbaby.
13 Benefits of Having a Dog
But there are more benefits of having a dog than just making you happy as well. There is research that suggests having a dog can improve your overall life and well-being. As well as your dog’s personality, which suggests it reflects the type of human being you are.
1. Improves Fitness
Taking your dog out for a walk, playing in the backyard or going to the beach. It all contributes not only to your furbaby’s exercise but also yours. To help make it even easier, I’ve created a Doggy Bag Must Have Items check list so you can everything you need in a bag ready and waiting. Saves a lot of time and effort when trying to remember what to take with you.
Related: Activities to Exercise your Dog
2. Improves Mood
Say you’ve had a hard day at work and your mood levels have just dropped slowly throughout the day. When you get home, who is first to meet you at the door? Who is uncontrollably excited to see you? Yup, your furbaby. And doesn’t your mood instantly lift? Even a little? Take note the next time you’ve had a bad day.
3. Increases your social status
Going to beach or dog park, interacting with other dogs and respective owners all contribute to improving your social scene. Talking to fellow dog owners about their dog or parks they’ve visited, it gets you out of your comfort zone and into a conversation.
4. You are never alone
I talk to Harley like I do to any other person. I ask her random questions and advice. I always feel as though I have company and never have that feeling of being ‘alone’.
This is how bonds are formed. From ‘just a dog’ to a ‘best friend’ is an incredible connection to have. Taking your furbaby with you when running simple errands, to just sitting next to you on the couch.
6. Helps with depression and anxiety
Dogs can have a calming effect on people who suffer from depression and or anxiety. Dogs offer unconditional love to their owner without bias.
“Pets offer an unconditional love that can be very helpful to people with depression,” says Ian Cook, MD, a psychiatrist and director of the Depression Research and Clinic Program at UCLA.
Resource: WebMD Pets
7. Contribute to reducing stress levels
Sometimes you just need to cuddle your furbaby. Having a dog around can reduce your stress levels and help calm you down when you need it.
8. Improves sleep
Whether your dog is inside or outside, just knowing where they are can improve your sleep. Having a dog inside on the bed for me helps me get a full nights sleep. I feel safer with her on the bed sleeping, because if she hears a noise or if she feels that something isn’t right, Harley will let me know.
Dogs have stronger hearing than humans; they have a sense when something isn’t right and will let you know about it. Most people feel naturally safer knowing that their dog is here to protect them, no matter the size of the dog.
10. A representation of your personality
Harley’s character shows that she is a bit of an introvert. Somewhat socially awkward at times. She loves to exercise and be outdoors. She’s not afraid of the dark, and when something isn’t right, she’ll speak up about it.
Well… this is me to a T.
It is a big responsibility to take on when owning a dog. You are responsible for their whole existence. From feeding to grooming. Protecting them from danger or sickness to potty training. For most people raising a dog and having the responsibility is comparable to raising a human-being.
You may not realise but having a dog does give you a sense of routine. From going on your daily walk around the block or going to the park or local beach. Giving your dog their meal/s each day or night. This is called having a routine. 🙂 It’s not a bad thing to have either. Your dog will know something’s up if you break routine.
The meaning of happiness is different for everyone. Having a dog brings joy to your life every single day. The wagging tail and excitement they have when you arrive home makes you smile immediately, whether you’re aware of it or not. Even if you’ve had a bad day, you’ll crack a little smile and inside you feel a tad better.
Dog’s are such a big part of our lives that we can sometimes forget how big of an impact that they have of us. As I said before they are so many benefits of having a dog, so if you want to spoil your dog then head of to Budget Pet Products, they have a great sale on.
Gina and Harley