Scientific Benefits of Being a Dog Owner

Is it a good idea to spend money on dog obedience training? If you ask any pet owner who has shelled out money for dog training, you’ll get the same answer. Yes, it’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make in your life. First thing’s first, if you own a dog the responsibility of training it is on you. It may seem overwhelming to think about dog training but if you learn the basics, teaching advanced tricks and techniques isn’t going to be hard.

Did you know that over sixty-three million Americans own dogs? Owning a dog is not a walk in the park but the benefits of having a companion outweigh all the efforts and hard work you put into dog training. Besides, if you’re not up to dog training you can always hire a professional dog trainer. Let’s check out some of the benefits of having a dog.

Improved Heart Health

According to a study done at Harvard University, owning a dog will decrease your risk of developing heart disease. This study revealed that dog owners had healthier triglyceride and cholesterol levels compared to non-dog owners. Since heart disease is one of the top leading causes of death in America, the information from this study can help improve millions of lives.

Another study showed that dog owners had lower blood pressure levels because their body releases oxytocin also known as a natural love drug. When pet owners interact or play with their dogs, their brains release oxytocin, which makes them feel good.

Boosts Your Immune System

Aside from making your health healthier, did you know that dogs can help improve your immune system? How can this be? Well, your dog can bring all kinds of bacteria into your home, exposing you to these bacteria. This exposure will cause your body to form antibodies thereby boosting your immune system and helping it fight against diseases.

Makes You Resistant to Allergies

It’s ironic because most people develop allergies when they are around dogs but according to a new study, people who are always exposed to dogs become immune to the allergies. Studies show that children who played with dogs significantly experienced a reduced risk of developing allergies.

You Become Happier

People who own dogs appear happier. Well, that’s because they are and studies seem to back this up. People who own dogs are less likely to experience depression. It also revealed that they are less stressed and less lonely.

Helps You Lose Weight

You may not know it but having a dog can help you achieve your ideal goal. Dog owners become more active by simply playing or running with their dogs. Plus, it makes walking less of a chore since you get to enjoy the experience with your dog. The additional exercise can decrease your risk of obesity. One study showed that people who walked their dog five times a week for an average of twenty minutes a day experienced a weight loss of fourteen pounds in one year.

Children Get to Practice Empathy

If you have kids all the more you should get a dog. A study done in 2017 showed that twelve-year-old children exhibited a positive attitude and compassion towards animals in general after owning a pet because of the emotional attachment they build with their dogs.

Takeaway

If you’re still thinking about it or if you’re having doubts, we can assure you that getting a dog for yourself and your family is one of the best decisions you can make in this lifetime. It’s good for your body, mind, and soul!

Nick White is the owner of Off Leash K9 Training. He has over 80 dog training franchise locations throughout the United States. He currently hosts the A&E show, America's Top Dog.