Life Improving Benefits Of Owning A Dog
If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die, I want to go where they went.” – Will Rogers
If you are already the proud “parent” of a dog, you probably already recognize at least some of the wonderful benefits that owning a dog brings to your life.
But, if you’re considering or planning on adopting one, knowing how great dog ownership is, will make you even more anxious to find your new best friend.
The nice thing about dogs is that it doesn’t matter whether they are large or small, (there is a size and breed to fit everyone’s lifestyle), they make our lives better!
Why owning a dog makes life better…
- They give unconditional love – A dog has no ulterior motive for giving love…his/her main desire is to please you…they will be your devoted companion. And in the process, you will become a more affectionate and happy person as you respond to your furry friend.
- You can become more active and stay healthier – Your dog can make exercise fun. As you go for walks or play frisbee in the backyard, you will not only exercise your pup, but you will also be exercising yourself.
- Dogs help alleviate stress – By simply petting your pooch, your stress and anxiety levels can be lowered. Studies have shown that spending just 10 minutes with your dog helps lower your heart rate, your blood pressure, slows your breathing and eases muscle tension.
- Dogs lift your spirits – It’s hard not to be happy when you’re greeted at the door by Fido who is so happy to see you.
- Dogs are great companions for seniors – They can help decrease agitation in seniors who have dementia. They are wonderful companions who will help an elderly person not feel so lonely or not needed.
- Dogs can help teach your children – What better way to teach your kids responsibility, than to have them care for your pup…feeding, walking, potty breaks or simply playing outside. Also, interaction with your dog will get your kids out of the house and away from their electronics for awhile.
- Dogs are a great form of security – The sound of a barking dog is a great deterrent to an intruder, and the sight of a dog can help stop an attacker.
I believe that the most effective method of dog training revolves around teaching your dog what you want them to do, how to behave, how to act in their environment, and what appropriate behaviors are, under given circumstances and situations.