Beyond the obvious reason for having a dog—that they're absolutely adorable—we're here to give you 10 more reasons why dogs are the best pets! Whether you've been thinking about adopting a new dog, or your kids have been on your case about taking a trip to the local shelter, here's a little something to convince you that a dog would make life a whole lot better. Wondering what breed would be the best canine companion for you? Consider checking out what dog breed matches your MBTI personality!
Reason #1: Great Workout Buddies Take your pup out to go play fetch, go on a run, play frisbee, whatever form of daily exercise interests you most! Because dog owners are out spending time with their doggy everyday, they tend to be much more active than those who do not own dogs. It reduces the time spent in front of a computer screen or television screen. This means you'll get outside and get moving, which can lower blood pressure and aid in maintaining a healthy immune system. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise every week to lower risk of heart disease and stroke. Getting outside with your pooch is the perfect opportunity to get some aerobic activity in. That's right, having a dog makes you happy and healthy!
Reason #2: They're the Best Companions
They really are man's best friend. When no one else is around they give you someone to talk to, play with, or just snuggle up on the couch with. They are great companions and provide company when no one else is around. In addition to improving physical well-being, having a four-legged pal to hang out with can improve your mental health and self-esteem. Nothing is better than being greeted at the door by a wagging tail after a long day. You can also teach them cool tricks like how to cover their nose!
Reason #3: They're Always there to Protect You They are always around to protect you. Dogs don’t like to see their beloved owner being mistreated, they will not stand for it! I know when I was little I had a rottweiler and whenever ANYONE and I mean anyone would hurt me or even just mess around with me, Zeus was right there to back me up if I needed him.
Reason #4: They Give Unconditional Love They always love you, even when it may seem like no one else does. There is nothing like the love and attention pet owners get from their dog.
Reason #5: They can make you New Friends Dogs just have a way of making you a bunch of friends. You take your cute dog out for a stroll through town and you’re guaranteed to have a conversation with a fellow dog lover who may even end up becoming your friend too!
Reason #6: They Clean Up Your Messes Sure, you dog might make a few messes of their own, but they can also help clean up yours! You drop your plate of food on the dirty floor, before you even get the chance to grab something to clean it up, your dog has already vacuumed it up for you.
Reason #7: They're the Best Stress Relievers
They can sense those times of stress and are there to calm you down and keep that stress to a minimum. Dogs are a great outlet from the issues you have going on at the time. In fact, a recent study showed that dog owners are 24% less likely to die
for any reason! They theorize this could be due to increased cardiovascular activity or lowered blood pressure. Cuddles with a dog might also release lots of feel-good hormones like oxytocin...even more health benefits!
Reason #8: They Teach Responsibility They are a great way to teach your children some responsibility. They will always want to be the ones taking care of the new puppy, and that is good for them to learn at a young age. Be sure to do your research on breeds to see which are good dogs for kids. Kids and dogs can be a challenging combo, but an undeniably great one!
Reason #9: They Will Never Disappoint You You may get really mad and angry with your dog for chewing up your new pair of work shoes or peeing all over the carpet you got cleaned last week. But, they will be the only one to never betray or disappoint you.
Reason #10: They're Always Happy to See You
Most importantly, they will always be anxiously awaiting your arrival home, and giving you lots of love right when you walk through those doors. To me, this is the best of the many reasons to get a dog. Convinced? Shouting “I want a dog” at your roommates or family? There are lots of rescue dogs waiting to find their forever homes! Here’s the next step to consider when bringing home a furry friend: 5 Reasons Why Adopting a Dog is Better Than Buying One