It is for sure that you would know some Pet Parents who would tell you about their special bond with their furry pals. But there is much more than what meets the eye, there is something beyond that lovely furry appearance that makes our lives so much better.
Better Cardiovascular Health
It’s vital to walk your dog every day, sometimes more than once, and this can have positive health benefits both for you and him. Increased exercise leads to lower blood pressure and better cardiovascular health for both the dog and the parent.
A further positive effect on blood pressure is the calming effect that dogs have on their parents. Petting your dog reduces stress and sends a rush of feel-good hormones into your bloodstream.
We as humans crave connection. Dogs are not known as ‘man’s best friend’ for nothing; and many parents sense that with their dog beside them that they can weather life’s storms. However, on a practical level a dog also fosters better relationships between people. We as humans crave connection. Dogs are not known as ‘man’s best friend’ for nothing; and many parents sense that with their dog beside them that they can go through the toughest of times. However, on a practical level a dog also fosters better relationships between people.
Because of the connection you have with your pet, is likely to help alleviate low moods. When you have to care for your dog, it can give you a sense of purpose, even in the bleakest times, and there is again that sense of connection with another living being.
Another benefit of owning a dog is that they can boost our immunity. If a baby is raised in a house with a dog, they show fewer tendencies towards allergies, asthma, colds and ear infections during childhood. This immunity boosting advantage needs to start early. The biggest benefit is seen in children who started living with a dog before they are 6 months of age.
Great in the Workplace
Dogs really can offer benefits wherever they go and when dogs are present in the workplace employees report lower stress levels. This has the effect of increasing productivity and reducing absenteeism, leading to a more positive working environment.
This is something that is often taken for granted but dogs also offer us unconditional love, something that is sometimes lacking in our human interactions. It’s difficult to feel that all is not well with the world when your dog is so pleased to see you when you come home at the end of a long day.
Dogs Love Fun
Finally, a big reason that dogs are so good for us is they are fun to be around. Dogs live in the moment and are happy with the smallest things, whether that’s chasing a ball in the park or settling down next to us for an evening’s relaxation.