24 Jul Health Benefits of Dogs
We love our dogs and we know they love us – but, did you know your dog can be good for your health? Yes, dogs are great for your mood, your heart, and so much more. Here, you’ll learn more about the benefits of owning a dog. And of course, you want that dog to be well-groomed and have plenty of time to socialize – that’s where we come in. Franklin Kennels in Franklin, TN, Brentwood, TN and Murfreesboro, TN offers dog grooming, dog boarding, dog special care and more. Contact us today!
Dogs boost your mood
Dogs have long been known to make great companions, but did you know that they actually improve your mood? Research has shown that it only takes a mere 15–30 minutes with your pet to feel more relaxed and calm. Playing with your dog also raises your brain’s levels of dopamine and serotonin, which are neurotransmitters that are associated with pleasure and tranquility. Psychologists from Miami and St. Louis Universities found that the benefits of having a canine companion can be equivalent to having a human companion. Looks like pooches can get your tail wagging!
Dogs can be good medicine
In addition to boosting your mood, your dog is also great for your health. Your body reaps a lot of benefits from having your fur baby around. Dog owners have been found to have lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, fewer heart attacks, and according to a study by the British Journal of Health (2004), dog owners also have the added benefit of having fewer medical problems than those without a pet.
Dogs keep you active
An added unexpected benefit of having a dog is that he encourages you to exercise more! Taking your dog on walks and throwing the ball around makes for good exercise. Apart from the dog walking alone, dog owners were also found to achieve more advanced stages of movement compared to those who own dogs and do not walk them. The Journal of Physical Activity and Health (2010) concluded that dog walkers generally walked about an hour longer than their non-dog walking counterparts!
Dogs improve your social life
Have you ever thought of your pet as your wingman? While your dog may not make you totally irresistible to the opposite sex, having one around helps you be more social, approachable and can help some get over shyness. Doing activities with your dog such as going to pet stores, dog parks, or special events is great for both you and your furry friend, as it is a great way to meet new people and mingle with other dogs and dog lovers. A study by Britain’s Warwick University found that 40% of people reported making friends much easier as a result of owning a dog.
Dogs help relieve stress
Another great yet unexpected benefit of owning a dog is that they are masters at helping us relieve stress and feel calm. According to a study from SUNY Buffalo (2006), 240 married couples with dogs were subjected to various types of stressful tasks where they were either alone, with their spouse or were able to see their dog before or after the task. Unsurprisingly, the lowest responses to stress were among those who were allowed to see their dogs. Maybe there should be a mandatory “bring your dog to work” day!
Dogs can keep your kids healthy
Getting your little one a furry companion can be beneficial! We all value our health and dogs can actually help contribute to keeping your child healthy just by being part of the family! According to Science Daily, kids who grow up with dogs in the home have fewer allergies and are less likely to have eczema. Kids with dogs in the home also have fewer sick days and grow up with higher levels of certain immune system supporters that keep them in tip-top shape as they get older.
Dogs can help with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Clearly, dogs are extremely helpful in helping people deal with medical issues. Dogs have been found to be beneficial to people with various medical issues, but especially with those diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Dogs help people with RA to move more often and encourage play as well as helping them get their mind off of their condition. Dogs are great motivators to get moving and they sure are good at distracting us from things!
Dogs are good for you!
As dog lovers, we know our dogs are great – but they are also good for us! Keep your dog in great shape with regular grooming at Franklin Kennels in Franklin, TN, Brentwood, TN and Murfreesboro, TN. We offer dog grooming, dog boarding and special needs services for dogs that need special care.