People all around the world enjoy the company of animals. Sharing a home with a pet brings so much joy and companionship to one’s life. Numerous studies over the years have proven that canines, in particular, have a beneficial impact on our overall mental and physical health, as well as our emotional wellbeing. Here are a few ways dogs can make our life more positive!

Exercise More: Regardless of size, breed or age, all dogs need mental and physical stimulation. Daily exercise is crucial for their health and wellbeing. It just so happens that exercise is critical for our health too. Owning a dog is a wonderful motivation to get out and get moving. Your pup is always ready for an adventure, which makes it hard to have a “lazy day” and skip out on your daily exercise routine. Whether you go for a walk, visit a local dog park or take a hike in the woods, exercising with your furry companion can help you lose weight and stay heart healthy!

Social Life: Let’s face it; when you’re out and about with your pup, people are more likely to approach you. Whether you’re walking the neighborhood or making a pitstop at the pet store, having your dog with you can often result in striking up a conversation with another pet owner or animal lover. They make great icebreakers, which could ultimately lead to developing new friendships or acquaintances in the community.

Lowers Blood Pressure: Dogs tend to have a calming effect on the people around them. Pet ownership, especially for dog owners, is associated with a decreased risk of cardiovascular disease. Studies have also shown pet owners have slightly lower cholesterol and are more likely to survive a heart attack.

Reduces Anxiety & Improves Mood: Most pet owners would agree that coming home to a wagging tail after a long day of work can instantly produce feelings of happiness and relaxation. Touch between a human and a dog can have therapeutic benefits for both species. For humans, in addition to lowering heart rate and blood pressure, petting a dog triggers the release of oxytocin. Numerous studies have proven that spending time with a pet can eliminate stress and improve your overall sense of well-being.

Improves Immune System: A number of studies have indicated that owning a dog improves your immunity and increases your levels of immunoglobulin A (an antibody that plays an important part in your immune system). Canines add a lot of diversity to the microbiome within your living environment. In fact, children who are raised around a dog are less likely to have allergies.

Eases Pains: Just like our pets can develop aches and pains as they age, so can we humans. Pets make the best medicine and therapy; especially when a person is suffering from chronic aches and discomfort. Because they naturally help to reduce our anxiety, this, in turn, helps to lessen the pain.

Feel Safer: By nature, canines are fiercely loyal animals. Because dogs naturally see their family members as part of their pack, they will instinctively protect you in a dangerous or emergency situation. In addition, by just having a dog – big or small – can offer a sense of security. This is especially true at home. Studies show that by simply hearing a dog’s protective bark, burglars will be deterred from targeting your house.

Life Lessons: Although dogs are only here with us for a short time, they teach us many valuable lessons about life. They teach us to live in the moment, play every day, accept yourself just the way you are, always enjoy the journey, rest often, be loyal and love unconditionally. They also teach us to take on every challenge with a positive attitude. They are our greatest teachers and bring so many benefits to our existence!