If you are reading this article, you are probably considering the idea of adopting a dog. Naturally, there are many factors to take into account before making the final decision. However, you need to know that owning a dog has a lot of advantages, and we’ll go through some of them in this article.
Adopting a dog can:
- Reduce stress
Spending time with your dog can be great for your health. It can lower your blood pressure and reduce your anxiety levels significantly. Besides, just being around your pet can increase your levels of serotonin and dopamine. Dogs truly make us happier!
- Make you feel safer
Dogs love you more than anything in the world and they will do everything to protect you from a possible threat. Even though they are cute cuddly pets, they can also be very protective of their family. If they notice anything off or unusual going on in your house, they can get really alert and defensive.
- Improve heart health
Studies have shown that owning a dog can help lower your cholesterol and decrease your triglyceride levels. How is that? Simple, the bond you have with your dog reduces stress, which is the major cause of cardiovascular diseases.
‘Adopting a dog isn’t just about the company, it’s also good for your health: it will keep you active while lowering your stress levels, reducing your blood pressure, and increasing your serotonin levels.’
- Make you more social
Recent studies have shown that dogs can improve our social lives significantly: people tend to pet dogs and strike up conversations with their owners at the dog park, so walking with your dog is a great way of making new friends, and a genuine conversation starter.
- Keep you fit and active
Taking good care of your dog includes walking him and playing around regularly.
A 2019 study has shown that dog owners are four times more likely to meet their daily activity requirements. Adopting a dog will keep you active and fit, without you even noticing it.
- Make you less lonely
Adopting a dog will immediately make you feel less lonely: dogs offer unconditional love and, unlike humans, they ask for nothing in return! (Except food, of course). Besides, if you are feeling under the weather, they will be by your side providing you with strong emotional support.
Adopting a pet is a big decision that requires a lot of thought and consideration: a dog needs care, space, dedication, and money; there are many factors involved so you really need to think this thoroughly. Besides, it is a long-term responsibility, so you need to be able to make a commitment for several years. However, if you decide to go for it, there is one thing you can know for certain: your quality of life will improve significantly 😊