The benefits of having a dog

A lot of us love our canine friends but did you know that they are also scientifically proven to be good for us? Pets, especially dogs and cats, can reduce stress and anxiety, ease loneliness, encourage exercise and even improve heart health.

1.Dogs give us company

Owning a pet gives people a routine and a sense of purpose; a reason to get up in the morning. Older pet owners are also more likely to take exercise or play with their pets. The unconditional love given by a dog can remove the sense of isolation and loneliness. An Australian study showed that dog ownership reduces loneliness. 

2.Dogs are good for health and fitness

Having a dog improves fitness as it encourages you to get out and walk,  even playing with your dog or cat indoors can loosen limbs and get the blood pumping around your body.

A study  published showed that dog owners had a lower risk of death. Studies suggest that dog owners have lower blood pressure levels and improved responses to stress.

3.Owning a dog can help you live longer

Even just living with a dog makes a difference—people who had experienced previous coronary events had an even higher level of risk reduction for death. Research has concluded that the bond between humans and dogs reduces stress, which is a major cause of cardiovascular problems.

4.Dogs help you stop stressing out.

    Your canine companion can offer comfort and ease your worries.  Multiple studies show that dogs and therapy dogs help alleviate stress and anxiety.

    Scientists discovered that just 10 minutes petting a dog can have a significant impact. Study participants had a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone.

    5.Dogs make us happier

      In 2009 study in Japan found that staring into your dog’s eyes raises your level of oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone.” Besides the general health benefits of owning a dog, they are natural mood boosters. Those with AIDS are less likely to suffer from depression if they own a pet, according to a 2017 study.

      6. Dogs can help bolster your microbiome

        A dog can help to boost your microbiome, as your immune system is naturally strengthened by sharing a home with a canine companion. Exposing yourself to the different bacteria that dogs naturally possess has a diversifying effect on your internal flora. While at first it sounds counterintuitive, owning a dog may even help children with allergies and asthmatic symptoms in the same way.

        7.Dogs help you get a date

        If you’re looking for a date, it might be time to get a dog. A dog’s presence may make people appear more likeable and attractive.

        In a a study, men were more likely to get a woman’s phone number when they had a dog with them. In another study, researchers asked individuals to rate people in photographs and found that people looked happier and more relaxed when they appeared with a dog.

        So as our canine friends do so much for us, what can we do for them in return?

        Ensuring they have a great diet so that they can be as healthy as possible is a good start. Dogs can enjoy wheatgrass juice, it is a nutritious and cleansing supplement to their diet. Wheatgrass is an effective digestive aid, helping to prevent constipation. It is also organ and blood cleansing, and a great energy booster. An added perk is that it helps to control body odour, for those of you who have particular stinky dogs.

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