Our dogs have strong benefits for a positive mood. Here are different ways our dogs help us.
Advantages of owning a dog
It is usually obvious how dogs bring us happiness and joy. But there are many people that do not realize there are other benefits to living with your best friend – your dog.
Dogs are very aware of their human’s emotions and feelings. They can understand our words but also our body language, movements and gestures and tone of voice. I bet your dog has gazed into your eyes to understand your feelings and current state of emotions – they might also want to know what time is dinner!
Dogs can relieve stress, make us less anxious or depressed, give companionship, and help us get more exercise. Studies have shown that children who grow up with a dog are more secure and active as well as a dog can be an important family member for older adults. They bring love and joy to our lives!
Children learn important life lessons such as responsibility, caring for another, patience, empathy, and many other skills. And dogs allow children to have unconditional love and support.
Studies have shown that dogs can help with dementia patients as well by reducing stress.
The main reason dogs help us out so much is our basic need for touch. Loving, petting, and touching our dog can calm us when stressed. Dogs can ease loneliness too.
Our family member helps create structure for the day, often increases our daily exercise and can help us meet new people. If you do not have the space or ability to commit full time to owning a dog, you can still get the benefits – by proxy. You can volunteer at your local animal shelter and love on the dogs as much as your time will allow. A good solution if you are needing the happiness of a dog wagging its tail.
So many reasons to own a dog!