When people are unable to assist, dogs can. They prevent social isolation by providing unconditional affection, emotional support, and cuddling on a regular basis. In a small Australian study, dog ownership reduced loneliness.
1. Dogs help us feel less isolated.
Dogs help people live longer lives. In a 1950-2019 analysis, dog owners had a lower death rate.
2. Dogs are beneficial to your heart.
Dogs can help you relax. Dogs and therapy dogs have been shown in studies to reduce stress and anxiety.
3. Dogs can help you de-stress.
Dogs help people recover psychologically after a crisis. The Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at Purdue University discovered that assistance dogs help PTSD-affected soldiers physically and mentally.
4. Dogs assist us in dealing with adversity.
The number of trails, walkways, and paths increases. Dog owners are nearly four times more likely to meet daily physical activity guidelines, according to a 2019 British study. Dog owners walk their dogs for more than 300 minutes per week.
5. Dogs motivate you to move.
6. Dogs enhance your attractiveness—even virtually.
Walking a dog makes us more approachable and initiates conversations. Consider how often you've talked to your neighbours or dog park pals.
7. Dogs help us become more social.
According to a 2009 Japanese study, looking into a dog's eyes increases oxytocin, the "love hormone." They are natural mood boosters, in addition to the general health benefits of dog ownership.
Dogs make us happy.