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The Mood-Boosting Benefits Of Owning A Dog

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There is growing body of research that shows owning a dog has a multitude of benefits. Scientific data has been able to prove that canine companionship boosts human health, not just physically but emotionally and mentally too. After all, there is a reason dogs are called “man’s best friend”.

 

The Benefits

  • Get more physically active! A dog’s need for exercise means you have to get out of the door with them and spend quality time on walks and runs which is much needed for humans.
  • Human-pet interactions can help address social isolation, meaning dogs make us feel less lonely! “A national survey of pet owners and non-pet owners by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute found that 85 percent of respondents believe that interaction with pets reduces loneliness.” (Source)
  • A bond between humans and dogs reduces stress, which generally results in a decrease in cardiovascular problems.

benefits of owning a dog

  • Just petting a familiar dog lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and relaxes muscle tension. “Scientists at Washington State University discovered that just 10 minutes petting a dog can have a significant impact.” (Source)
  • Dogs can ease anxiety and stress which has a great impact on positive mental health. “Just looking at a dog can lift your spirits: a 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.” (Source)

Dogs are a huge responsibility but having a special bond with one can be one of the most rewarding and fulfilling relationships you can have!


Those are the (mood-boosting) benefits of owning a dog! Which areas of your life have changed the most since owning a dog? Are you hoping to be a dog owner? Share in the comments below!

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