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The Top 6 Benefits Of Owning A Dog‍

Owning a dog is a big responsibility. You have to feed them, take them for walks and make sure they’re happy and healthy. But there are so many benefits of owning a dog that you don’t even realize until you have one yourself. They make us happier, more social, and they can also be great companions if you live alone. If you’re on the fence about getting a dog, here are some of the top benefits of owning a dog that might help sway your opinion in the right direction.

An Exercise partner

Dogs need exercise every day, so if you’re not getting any exercise, a dog will motivate you with that. If you’re living alone, you can take your dog on a walk to meet some friends and get your daily exercise, without even getting the pressure of thinking “Oh, I need to do some exercise!”. Dogs love nature, if you live by the mountains, he will be your best (four-legged) hiking friend, if you live in a more urban area, parks will be his favourite playground.

A friend for your child

If you have a child, a dog can be a great friend for them. Many children get very attached to their pets and use them to work through issues that they’re dealing with in their lives. Dogs can be a great way for your child to learn how to care for something and how to love and respect a living being. Dogs can also be great for playing fetch, going to the park or joining a dog sports team like agility or fly ball, can be great for your child and your furry friend to bound together.

a brown and while dog playing in a park
A brown and white dog playing in a park (Anna Dudkova – Unsplash)

Protection for your home

Some dogs are great for protecting your home and others can’t be trusted at all. If you get a dog that’s known for being protective, they can be great companions while protecting your home. If you get the right kind of dog, like a Dobermann, and train them properly, they can be great for helping you feel safer in your home, and send malicious people away.

Be happier and more social

Dogs are great for your health. Actually, when you pet them, it lowers down your blood pressure, reduce stress, anxiety and make you more social. Dogs can also help with loneliness if you’re feeling down, they will always make you smile or do something silly that will make you happier.

Also, if you’re feeling lonely and want to spend more time with people, especially if they have dogs. Go to dog fairs or events about dogs, and start building a large furry family!

A good companion for seniors

If you’re an older person who lives alone and wants a companion, a small dog can be a great option. Many older people are looking for a companion and something to take care of, and a poodle can be a great idea. These dogs are very social, loving, they like to interact with people, and it will help your elderly stay happy and healthy by getting them out and doing things with them.

A cute brown poodle
A cute brown poodle (Tra Tran – Unsplash)

Help you feel less lonely

If you’re feeling lonely and like you don’t have enough friends in your life, a dog can be a great companion to comfort you. Dogs are some of the most social and friendly animals on the planet. They will love being around your human friends. They’ll also be happy to spend time with you alone, though. Many people also like to get a dog as a companion for their other pets like cats, birds or fish.

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Claire Howell

Claire Howell

Claire Howell is a Knoxville-based veterinarian who loves nature and all types of animals, from dogs, cats, birds, reptiles, and rabbits. She graduated from a vet diploma in 2013 and has been working as a vet since. Claire lives with her husband and two children - both of whom are also animal lovers!

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