Why Get A Dog?

Dogs are widely known as man’s best friend. But did you know that having a dog has numerous health benefits as well? From reducing stress levels (mostly haha) to helping with depression & anxiety, dogs can have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.

  1. Reduces stress levels. Dogs are great stress relievers. Studies have shown that interacting with a dog can decrease cortisol levels, a hormone associated with stress. Spending time with a dog can also increase the release of oxytocin, a hormone that promotes relaxation.

  2. Increases physical activity. Having a dog can encourage physical activity. Taking your dog for walks, playing fetch or going on hikes can help you stay active and improve your overall health. Studies have shown that dog owners are more likely to meet their daily exercise requirements than non-dog owners.

  3. Helps with depression. Dogs can provide emotional support and help with depression. They offer companionship and can help reduce feelings of loneliness. Studies have shown that interacting with a dog can increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, neurotransmitters that regulate mood.

  4. Lowers blood pressure. Spending time with a dog can also lower blood pressure. Petting a dog has been shown to decrease blood pressure and heart rate, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

  5. Boosts the immune system. Having a dog can boost your immune system. Exposure to pet dander, dirty dog feet, gross kisses and other allergens can increase the production of antibodies, which can help fight off infections and boost your immune system even after they kiss you after an hour of licking their own ass haha.

  6. Provides a sense of purpose. Dogs can provide a sense of purpose and responsibility. Caring for a dog requires tons of patience, feeding, exercise, and attention, which can provide structure and routine in your life.

  7. Reduces anxiety. Dogs can also help reduce anxiety. They offer a sense of comfort and security, and can help reduce feelings of anxiety and fear.

In conclusion, having a dog can have numerous health benefits. From reducing stress levels to boosting the immune system, dogs offer a wide range of physical and mental health benefits. So, if you’re considering getting a pet, why not adopt a dog? You’ll not only gain a loyal companion, but also a furry friend who can help improve your overall health and well-being.