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6 Surprising Health Benefits Of Owning A Dog

November 23, 2016

Dog is man’s best friend for a number of reasons. Out of all the possible pets you could get, dogs remain probably the most popular because they are energetic, loving and protective animals. The benefits of having a dog are too many to name, but did you know owning a dog can be good for your health?

Now of course a dog is no cure to anything, and if you’re unable to provide necessary care for an animal then it would be irresponsible to get one, but studies show that a canine pet can actually boost certain aspects of your health. Learn how below.

You’ll become more active.

This may seem like a pretty obvious one. When you have a dog, it forces you to go on more frequent walks, it’s just simple math. But what you might not expect is how much you’ll want to get out there with your dog. It just makes being outside and walking around more enjoyable. They say having an exercise buddy makes your workouts easier, well a dog is the most enthusiastic exercise buddy you could ask for.

Your mood will improve.

Did you know dogs are actually used in a therapeutic nature to help people fighting depression? It has been shown that having a dog in your life actually boosts your spirits and helps fight off those depressed feelings. Even if you’re not at risk for depression, a dog can just put you in a better overall mood which is always the healthier choice.

They can detect cancer.

It’s true, dog’s have been known to detect early signs of cancer. Owners have reported their dogs sniffing and licking areas of their body that later turned out to be affected by cancer. The miraculous ability has been credited to canines’ amazing sense of smell. It certainly is an unexpected benefit of the pet.

You’ll be less stressed.

Not only can a dog boost your mood just by being around you, they also have a genuine stress-relieving gift as well. Studies have shown that by simply petting a dog, you stress levels can be decreased significantly. Universities have even started supplying students with “puppy rooms” during exam season to help them destress. Not a bad thing to have around for those more trying times.

Improve your social life.

A healthy social life leads to a heathier body and mind. Having a dog has been shown to get people out of the house and meeting new people. Whether it’s at dog parks, or just showing your dog off to the neighbourhood, having a dog can make you a friendlier and more outgoing person. Dogs may be man’s best friend, but it’s important to interact with other humans too from time to time.

You’ll have a constant companion.

The greatest, most beneficial aspect of owning a dog is that you are basically getting a friend for life. They will be a companion who will never leave your side by choice and great you everyday after work like they haven’t seen you in days. It’s a great feeling to have such a close ally and having that in your life in itself is a healthy positive.

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