If you’re new to the world of dogs and considering bringing home a dog, you may be wondering if it will really benefit you or if it’s going to be more of a hassle than anything.
It’s a valid question! Dogs are beautiful companions, but those of us who haven’t been a pet parent before may not know just how truly beneficial having a fluff in your life can be.
So let’s get right into it: How does owning a dog benefit us humans?
One of the most obvious benefits to bringing a dog home is that the amount of physical activity you do is likely to increase.
Regardless of whether you have a tiny or a giant dog, they all need exercise to avoid becoming overweight, getting bored and becoming destructive, or simply getting lazy.
Enter the human. When you bring a dog home, you’re responsible for keeping him active and healthy – and it’s impossible to not join in the fun.
- Take a walk or run around the block.
- Throw a frisbee for them.
- Play wrestle!
- Tug of war.
Improve The Immune System
Being exposed to pup fur and dander can stimulate the immune system and strengthen it more than you may realize.
Simply having a dog in the house can trigger your system to start fighting things like allergies and disease!
Dogs love some good physical exercise, but they also know just when to be a shoulder to cry on or a fluffy thing to cuddle. They’re also just plan goofy sometimes.
Studies have proved that pups can help us to produce more “happy chemicals”, such as serotonin and oxytocin. Basically, owning a dog can, quite literally, change your brain chemistry to improve your mood instantly.
They’re also really great cuddlers and listeners. I’d explain my problems to a doggy psychologist anyday and get licks and love in return!
We all know how hard it can be to get out of bed and do stuff some days. The ever-adoring gaze of a pooch who’s just excited to see your face in the morning could be all the motivation needed to face the day!
Having a dog in the house can also increase your own sense of security. Live alone? A dog can make all the difference in feeling safe in your own home. Even with a family, a dog can be a great security measure.
You also won’t ever come home to an empty house when there’s a pup waiting for you to arrive! Just the presence of a dog, big or small, can add a huge element of security.
The big ones can be protective and intimidating (so can some little ones). No matter what size they are, they also make great alarm systems if something is awry.
Most dogs will do anything they can to protect the humans they love. Ever wanted a fluffy, lovable bodyguard? That’s what you’ll find when you bring a dog into your home.
There’s no getting around the fact that bringing home a dog is like bringing home a ball of love and joy. Yes, they’re also fluffy, and barky, and sometimes clingy, and not totally cheap.
But the pros outweigh the cons by far. Don’t we all want to be healthier, happier, and more secure? A dog can give you all of that, and all they ask for in return is to be fed and to be loved.
Not a bad deal, is it?