Some benefits of dogs that you may have overlooked!
Having a dog teaches us patience, commitment and selflessness. Caring for a dog takes a lot of responsibility and commitment, and it also teaches us to be more patient and less selfish.
You also learn to be less focused on yourself as pets can sometimes test the patience of even the most tolerant people.
Numerous studies have shown that owning a dog benefits a person’s physical and mental well-being. So check them out and then go hug your pup for making your life so much better.
Thanks to Huffington Post for this great collection… and seven more reasons when you get to the end of THIS list!
6. One study found that owning a dog could make you more attractive to potential love matches.
According to a study conducted by Dog’s Trust, the United Kingdom’s largest dog welfare charity, when they surveyed 700 people, 60 percent said that owning a dog can make people more attractive, while 85 percent think people are more approachable when they are with a dog. Even more, it could matter what kind of dog you own. In a survey by mobile pet app Klooff, certain dog breeds are more likely to attract members of the opposite sex than others. Men noted that they judged women with Chihuahuas as dumb, hot and easy; while women said they viewed men with bulldogs as one-night-stands. However, women really like men who owned Labrador or golden retrievers.
5. You’re also getting a walk when you take your dog out.
Sometimes it may seem like such a nuisance (especially in these colder months), but walking your dog helps you stay more active than people who don’t have to walk the dog. A 2006 Canadian study found that dog owners were more likely to participate in moderate physical activity than those who didn’t own a dog. They walked an average of 300 minutes per week, compared with non-dog owners, who walked an average of 168 minutes per week.
4. Dogs can strengthen the bonds between humans.
A recent study at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University found that people who have strong connections to their pets also have social and relationship benefits. The researchers surveyed 500 18- to 26-year-olds and found that those who had “strong attachment to pets reported feeling more connected to their communities and relationships.” They also found that the more attached a person was to an animal as a teenager and young adult, the more empathetic and confident he or she was.
3. Some dogs can detect if you have cancer or not.
A black lab named Marine could save your life. The specially-trained eight-year-old dog can detect when a person has colorectal cancer 91 percent of the time just by sniffing the person’s breath. And if she smells stool, she can detect whether the person has colorectal cancer with 97 percent accuracy. It’s estimated that a dog’s sense of smell is up to a million times better than a human’s.
2. Just looking at your dog will make you feel happier.
A 2009 study by Miho Nagasawa of Azabu University in Japan found that one’s level of oxytocin (the neurohormone that elicits feelings of happiness) raised intensely after interacting with their dogs. And the only interaction they needed was to stare into their dog’s eyes. Those who looked longer into their dog’s eyes had the bigger dose of oxytocin. Fun fact: A dog’s willingness to meet eyes with humans is one of the things that separates them from wolves.
1. They help us recover psychologically from a crisis.
Dogs have been proven to help the recovery process of soldiers going through post-traumatic stress disorder. One army veteran, Robert Soliz, a former army specialist who served in Baghdad, found that engaging with dogs in a program called “Paws for Purple Hearts” helped him get his life back to the way it was before he left for war. When he returned, Soliz was so traumatized that he couldn’t show any affection and struggled to even hug his kids. After spending six weeks with a golden retriever, Soliz began to feel more comfortable with his family.
Keep reading here on Huffington Post… 13 Reasons Why A Dog Will Make Your Life So Much Better
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