They say a dog is a man’s best friend. The most obvious benefits of owning a dog are love, companionship, and some snuggles! But did you know that recent research shows that owning a dog is good for your overall well-being and longevity? Here are nine reasons why you should include your dog in your daily routine.
A recent study at Washington State University discovered that just 10 minutes of playing or petting your canine companion cause a significant reduction in cortisol, a major stress hormone. In addition, it helps release endorphins which are linked to improved mental health by relieving stress and improving a person's mood, and elevating serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin levels.
People who own a dog are almost four times more likely to achieve the recommended 150 minutes of moderate intense physical activity each week. Dog owners double that recommendation by walking 300 minutes per week with their dogs. By achieving the recommended physical activity guidelines you are helping maintain your weight, decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, improving your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, reducing your risk of type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer, strengthening your immune system, improving sleep quality, and increasing energy levels.
Pets, especially dogs, require structure and a regular schedule of sleeping, feeding, exercising, and using the bathroom. This will then give you some structure and routine. Having a routine will help you form healthy daily habits, feel more productive, and improve your focus. The structure can also be useful in times of stress and uncertainty.
How many times have you talked to people who walked by with a dog? People who walk their dogs are more likely to stop and start a conversation with others while at the dog park or on a walk. A study has shown that people with dogs have an easier time making friends and establishing new relationships.
Now that we know that having a dog improves your physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being which results in a longer, healthier, and happier life. A study concluded that pet owners over the age of 65 make thirty percent fewer doctor visits compared to those who do not own a pet.
Having a dog you will experience unconditional love and appreciation. This will then increase your self-esteem and promote self-love. Improved self-esteem will build your self-confidence, affect how you take care of yourself, improve your attitude, and help you make better choices.
Caring for a dog is a huge commitment, after all, your dog depends on you for survival. This requires you to be more responsible.
From feeding, exercising, playing, and cuddling your pup, your pet needs you. The feeling that your pet needs you gives you a sense of purpose and a reason to get up in the morning. A sense of purpose brings you lifelong benefits such as longevity, establishing healthy behaviors, increased self-esteem and confidence, and improved well-being.
You have your human best friends, but there is nothing like a friendship with your dog. They are your biggest fan, a shoulder to cry on, they make you laugh, they grow with you, they are there to greet you when you get home, they are protective, and you’re never truly alone. You grow old together and they are always there for you.
Besides the unconditional love our furry friends provide us, they are helping take care of us physically, mentally, socially, and emotionally. Next time you and your dog are out and about in New York City be sure to stop by Boris & Horton, an amazing cafe and community space to enjoy alongside your four-legged friends!
Looking to unleash some fun with your furry friends this summer? The warm weather and longer days make it the perfect time of year to visit a park with your pup. Dog parks are the paw-fect place to enjoy fresh air, get some exercise, and meet new friends!