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There are many good articles on how to keep your dog healthy, but did you know that owning a dog is an excellent way to keep you and your family healthy, happy and fit?
Dog owners tend to be more physically fit than non-dog owners. There are few things more motivating than your dog’s need for a brisk walk in the fresh air. Most dogs require at least two walks a day which means you will also need two walks a day. Children love to walk dogs. Instead of sitting around after school and watching television or playing video games, children can be enticed into a nice walk if the family pooch is part of the fun. Due to the need for regular exercise dog owners tend to weigh less, have lower blood pressure and have healthier hearts.
Owning a dog can be a great social benefit, especially for those who live alone, are new to an area or are elderly. When you are out and about with your furry friend, you will be amazed at how many people stop to chat. Dog parks are a great way to meet new people. Taking your dog to a dog friendly restaurant makes dining alone less intimidating and Joining a dog sports class, such as an agility,, is a good way to meet people who have a common interest . If you have a specific breed of dog, there are breed clubs which you can join. Studies show that seniors who own dogs have more daily social interaction than those without dogs. Many friendships have been formed over dogs.
Dogs are always happy to see you when you return home. This desire to interact with people has made dogs the perfect therapy animal. Dogs are used in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons to alleviate stress in adults and children. Even something as simple as having children read to dogs has been shown to increase reading literacy, especially in those who get nervous reading aloud to teachers or peers. How about training your dog to be a “pet-partner” who is able to help people in these situations?
One little known advantage to dog ownership has to do with decreased allergies in children. A study done at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit shows that children who are exposed to dogs in the home in the first six months of their lives are less likely to have allergies and asthma compared to those children who have not had a dog in the home.
There are so many positive health reasons for owning a dog which is why dog ownership has exploded in this country. We have always loved our dogs but who knew there are actual social, emotional and physical benefits? No wonder they are called “Man’s Best Friend”!