As a nation of animal lovers, we all know the many mental and physical benefits of pet ownership, and one pet that ticks all these boxes is our faithful canine friend, the dog (apologies cat owners). Here are some solid scientific reasons why they’re called man’s best friend:
- You’ll be sick less often
Believe it or not, our homes are too clean. We have a habit of disinfecting every available surface and as such, our bodies become less resistant when it does encounter bacteria. Households with dogs in particular have a much more diverse mix of germs, meaning the occupants will have a tougher immune system. Families who own dogs appear to get ill less frequently and less severely than homes without any animals.
- Stronger against allergies
Dog dander can cause allergies but for those who grow up in a home with dogs, those children are less likely to develop allergies during their lives. Fascinating studies have shown that this resistance even develops while in the womb if the woman lives in a home with pets (predominantly dogs). The babies tested had two bacteria present that reduce the danger of allergies including asthma and eczema.
- Increased heart health
Everything about dog ownership seems great for heart health. From simply petting, which lowers blood pressure to walking your dog, which can reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, lower cholesterol and make you more likely to survive a heart attack. Your dog fills your heart with love and joy, so when it’s time to go on holiday, make sure he’s well-cared with Dog Boarding Surrey at https://nestledownboardingkennels.co.uk/
- More exercise
A lot of pets have positive health effects, but dogs need to be walked, and this means you getting more fresh air and exercise. Not only do you walk but you also play with your pooch, meaning most dog owners are getting at least 30 minutes of exercise per day, reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Be happier
Sharing your life with a dog means you are less at risk of suffering from depression. For those who do have a diagnosis of clinical depression, caring for a dog can boost their mood and help them out of a depressive episode. Because of the routine that dog ownership involves, owners do need to be at least a bit active and more likely to interact with others. The simple act of tending to a pet can increase feelings of well-being. Dogs are particularly loyal and affectionate which releases the feel-good chemical inside our brains.
- Find out more about you as a person
The dog you choose says a lot about your personality. Studies in the UK have found that there’s a strong correlation between personality types and the breeds of dog they choose to own. It also concluded that dog owners were, on the whole, friendlier and more outgoing than cat owners! (sorry cat owners).