Should I name him Milo or Pluto or how about naming him Charlie? Phrase of excitement hits us in most joyful manner and is completely visible from the moment conversation about having a dog begins. Undoubtedly, relationship an owner have with his pet in more than the words and especially in case of dogs. But do you know there are few major health benefits too of being a dog owner. Let’s discuss it one by one.
- Improve heart health: Joy of having dog has too limits and this joy helps your heart in staying healthy. Studies show that having a canine companion is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks.
- Keeps you fit & healthy: Health experts recommend that adults get about 2 hours and 30 minutes worth of moderate exercise per week. Dog owners are way more likely to hit that goal. “People love to be outside to walk their dog, and be with their dog,” says Kay Joubert, Director Companion Animal Services at PAWS, a Washington-based animal advocacy organization. “It helps them be more active.”
- Your social life may improve: Not only does walking your dog help you to get exercise, it might also help you get a date. People are more likely to stop and talk with you when you’re walking a dog. Going to the dog park or taking your dogs to run errands can also lead to strangers striking up conversations with you about your dog.
- You’ll be less stressed at work: The benefits of dog ownership extend to your mental health as well. Dog owners are less likely to be depressed. Dog owners who have been diagnosed with clinical depression aren’t likely to be as depressed as other people. Caring for a dog helps relieve symptoms of depression and encourages people to be more positive.
- You’ll feel safer: Dogs can be an effective home security system. Studies show that barking dogs deter burglars. Just knowing that you’ve got a dog who can use its keen sense of hearing to detect anyone prowling around can help increase your sense of security, which is good for both your mental and physical health.
- Your dog might be a cancer detector: A dog’s amazing sense of smell can be used for a variety of purposes, including cancer detection. Many dog owners have reported their dog sniffing, licking, or nudging spots that later turned out to be cancerous. One of the unexpected benefits of having a dog is that it may even save your life by helping you to detect cancer.
- Your kids will be less likely to have allergies: Though one 2003 study found that there was no link between pet ownership and empathy in a group of children, a 2017 study of 1000 7- to 12-year-olds found that pet attachment of any kind encouraged compassion and positive attitudes toward animals, which promoted better well-being for both the child and the pet. Children with dogs scored the highest for pet attachment, and the study notes that “dogs may help children to regulate their emotions because they can trigger and respond to a child’s attachment related behaviour.” And, of course, only one pet will happily play fetch with a toddler.