We humans domesticated dogs somewhere around 9,000 to 34,000 years ago and during that time we have developed bonds of dependency, social organization and more recently discovered, health benefits! We’ve picked our favourite reasons why dogs make our lives better (Aside from the obvious companionship and the fact there is never any left over food to bin!)
DE-STRESS We all know our dogs offer unconditional love and how they can alter our moods and bring a welcome distraction to our stressful lives but they also give us a great sense of purpose and importance and responsibility which is good for mental health too. Also, Stroking your pet and the fact they desire your attention (Yes, normally, when you are busy focusing on something else, other than them!) apparently lowers your heart rate and makes you feel more relaxed. This apparently boosts Oxytocin the “hug hormone” which in turn promotes trust, relaxation and psychological stability!
PROTECTION No matter what the size of your dog, he or she will offer you protection. This may be by guarding your home, alerting you of an intruder, warning you of smoke or gas or warding off other people or animals (Even when perhaps, you don’t want them too!)
GET FIT Taking your dog for a walk is a staple part of your routine with your dog and going to a dog park is not just sociable for our furry friends either. Meeting up with other owners and meeting new faces on your travels is a great way to share tips and generally make new friends! Walking your dog briskly will burn around 220 calories an hour, so you stay healthy and in shape too!
ASSISTANCE. Our dogs aren’t just cute faces, they also help the police, armed forces and also work as therapy dogs and assist dogs to help a wide variety of people with disabilities ranging from Autism, ADHD, Epilepsy, The Visual and Hearing Impaired, Diabetes, Mental Health and Mobility assistance to those in wheelchairs. Where would we be without our four legged chums?!