You probably already want a dog but you need proof that it’s a good decision to make. Maybe you’re looking for reasons to get a dog so you can show it to your spouse or your parents to have them on board.
Getting a dog is a big decision and it’s important that everybody in the household agrees with this big step. You should all be aware and ready for all the changes a dog brings to your day-to-day life.
Whatever brought you to this blog post, I’m sure you’ll be ready to get a dog by the end of it. So just keep on reading to find out why you need a dog in your life!
1. Dogs Improve Our Physical Health
That’s right! A dog might be the best personal trainer and workout buddy you can get!
There’s no way around taking your dog out for walks, so you might as well look at the bright side of it. Because dogs need to go out for walks, dog owners get at least 30 minutes more of exercise every day.
Studies show that 60% of dog owners had regular moderate or vigorous exercise. This is because they take their furry buddies out for regular walks.
Maybe you’re already wanting to spend more time outdoors but you don’t have anybody to join you! A dog is the best partner you could get. He’ll always be happy to follow you along!
If you’re not sold with the working out stuff, don’t move to the next point yet! There are more important health benefits of owning a dog.
Studies also show that owning a dog reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease.
It also has huge benefits for your kids’ health!
It’s been proven that growing up with dogs lowers the risk of developing eczema in kids. Kids that grew up with dogs also develop fewer pet-related allergies. This means they have fewer sick days so they don’t miss school as much.
2. They Also Improve Our Mental Health
You bet! Owning a dog gives us a sense of purpose. There’s a life depending on you!
Besides, do you know those days when you’re feeling down in the dumps and don’t want to get out of bed? Too bad! You have to because you need to take your dog out for walks and feed him.
When you have a dog you can’t afford to spend the whole day hiding away from the world in the comfort of your bed.
Besides, even if you’re feeling miserable, it only takes one look at your dog’s silly and happy face to make you smile. You’ll realize that the world isn’t that bad after all!
Don’t believe me? Ok, here’s some science for you!
It’s a fact that people who take their dogs to work have lower stress levels throughout the workday.
Science also proved that dog owners have higher self-esteem and are less afraid of crime.
Finally, remember earlier when I said that it only takes one look at your dog to make the world feel like a better place? It’s backed up by science as well! Studies show that locking eyes with your 4-legged best bud triggers the release of oxytocin – the “feel good” drug – into our system.
So ditch your therapist and make your way to the nearest dog shelter! Besides, getting a dog is cheaper than paying for therapy – I’m joking! Don’t ditch your therapist!
3. They’ll Fetch More Friends for You
Alright, they won’t fetch anybody for you. But they will help you socialize with other people. This can eventually lead to you making new friends! It’s only up to you.
If you want your dog to socialize with other dogs – and you should – you’re bound to end up talking to other dog owners. I’m not saying that every dog owner in the world will be sociable and want to talk. But chances are that you’ll meet some really cool people along the way. Besides, you already know that you have something in common, you both love dogs and own one!
You’ll also see that this won’t only happen with other dog owners. It can also happen with random people in the street that love dogs. People will ask you questions about your dog or compliment him. This is especially true if you own a puppy – they’re a people magnet!
4. A Dog Can Save Your Life
Dogs are such incredible creatures.
There are dogs that can detect cancer and other diseases – how cool is that?
Dogs can be trained to fetch your medication and bring it to you. They can also sense when your stress levels are too high and ease them. Some dogs can even sense when their owner is about to have an epileptic seizure!
It’s not a joke! Dogs can sense a seizure up to 15 minutes before it happens. When they do, they will sound the alarm – like barking – so the person sits down. This way they can prevent injuries from falling down.
How surprised are you with this bit of information?
5. They Teach Us All About Carpe Diem
Carpe diem is a Latin expression that means to “seize the day”. They help us do this in two ways.
#1 is that there are so many things to do with your dog! You feel like you enjoy your free time a lot better. You can always plan to do cool things with your furry buddy. From spending time in the local park, playing, running, etc. The possibilities are endless!
#2 is that you can clearly see that, for dogs, there’s no such thing as past or future, there’s only the present. Humans spend most of their time thinking about the past and future and end up never living in the moment. Dogs don’t even know how to live anywhere else!
You don’t see rescues whining and being sad because they were abandoned in the past. You only see them being happy because now they have an amazing owner that they love and that loves them back!
For me, this was a huge lesson I got from adopting a dog.
6. You Learn to Be More Patient
In order for you to live in harmony with your dog, you need to learn to be more patient.
If you’re not a patient person, you’re in for a bumpy ride but one that will turn you into a better human being!
Dogs, especially young ones, will destroy things around the house. Whether you like it or not. They’re bound to destroy something that you treasure. And why do you need to be patient? Because you can’t correct him by hitting him. This will only make him afraid of you, it won’t help him in learning anything. You will have to keep your calm.
Training a dog is something that requires a lot of time, effort, and patience from a dog owner.
This is a valuable lesson that will follow you along and make a huge difference in other aspects of your life. It will be useful when training a new co-worker or employees or when teaching your children.
7. Dogs Teach Us About Responsibility
Like I mentioned before, there’s a life depending on you!
It’s not only about you anymore. It’s also about an adorable little canine that follows you around and loves you to bits.
When owning a dog, there are things you can’t NOT do. Things like walking him, feeding him, keeping track of his vaccinations, dewormings, vet appointments, and so on.
Another huge thing you have to be responsible for is when you travel and can’t bring your dog with you. You’ll also need to find a friend or place where he can safely stay while you’re away. You’ll need to make sure that he will be well taken care of.
8. They Make Us Feel Safe
This one is a no brainer! We’ve all heard about guard dogs.
Sometimes they don’t even need to be fierce or even trained to be guard dogs. Most of the time, potential burglars are put off from breaking in a home simply because there’s a dog in it.
Since puppies, dogs feel the need to protect humans from anything they might see as a threat.
Finally, we can’t forget about guide dogs that safely guide blind people. This helps blind people feel safe and independent.
9. Everything Is Funnier With Dogs
I can definitely vouch for this!
A simple walk along the street is instantly more fun with a dog. I find myself laughing when I’m walking my dog. Out of nowhere, she decides that, instead of walking on the ground, she wants to walk on top of a small wall along the street.
Sitting down on the couch is a lot more fun when my dog puts one of her paws in my lap. Then she puts on a frown, begging me to pet her and give her attention.
Cooking is more fun when you have your dog sitting close to you. Waiting patiently for that small piece of food that will fall. They’ll immediately show how similar they can be to a vacuum cleaner.
Everyday tasks that once seemed boring, now are a lot more enjoyable because your dog is there with you.
I’m not the only person saying this! A study showed that people who own dogs recorded laughing more than people that don’t.
10. Dogs Make Us Feel Love in Its Purest Form
Last but not least, they make us feel loved!
If you’re not 100% convinced that any creature is able to express pure love only through their eyes… it’s because you don’t own a dog.
Sure, we feel some kind of love when looking at our boyfriend or girlfriend in their eyes. But it’s never unconditional love. Unconditional means that it can’t be changed, no matter what.
When you own a dog you’ll sometimes be going about your day and, when you look at your dog you notice that he has been staring at you the whole time. You may be thinking “that seems creepy” but believe me, if you ever get to see a look like that, you’ll realize it’s not. You’ll realize that that look expresses admiration, gratitude, and, most of all, unconditional love.
I’m sure that, when asked if they deserve unconditional love, most people would say no. They would say “I don’t think so because I have this flaw, I did this bad thing, I’m not perfect”.
But you know what? Dogs don’t care. They don’t care about what you did, about your flaws, they don’t care about any of that.
They just care that you’re their owner. That’s all that matters to them.
Of course, dogs benefit from us as well. We give them food, water, and shelter. But honestly, I think we get a lot more from them than they do from us.
I bet that every dog owner reading this will agree with me when I say that we’re forever in debt with our dogs.
After reading this you might be thinking “So why doesn’t everybody own a dog?”. Getting a dog is great but it’s definitely not for everybody.
Owning a dog also has a negative side to it. It’s not all rainbows and roses. Before making the final decision, make sure you also read about the negative side of it.
If, after giving it a lot of thought, you realize that you’re able to handle the negative side, then go for it!
If you’re still thinking of having a dog, what reason got you more excited about it?
Share your answers in the comment section below.