Man's best friend

Companionship is one of the main reasons we bring a dog into our lives but owning a dog can have several health benefits for you and the family.

1 Dogs can boost mood and lower stress

Do you ever find yourself completely relaxed when stroking your dog? This is because when petting your pooch, dopamine and serotonin, which are neurotransmitters that are associated with pleasure, are released by the brain. The simple action of patting the dog also enables owners to forgot about what was stressing them in the first place.

2 Exercise

You do not have to have a degree in medicine to know that exercise is good for your health. Having a dog will help keep you active. From walking them to making sure they are not misbehaving in the house, dogs will make sure that you are not a couch potato and your heart will thank them for it.

3 Dogs can help you be more social

In an age where we are attached to are phones, iPads, and laptops, we interact less with other human beings on a face-to-face basis. Doing activities with your dog such as going to pet stores 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.

4 Dogs can help children grow stronger

It is believed that children who grow up with dogs tend to have stronger immune systems, have fewer allergies, and are less likely to develop conditions like eczema.

5 Dogs can make you a better person

We spend a vast amount of time training our dogs but they provide lessons to us as well. We focus less on ourselves because owning a dog means a lot of responsibility and commitment. It teaches us to have patience and selflessness as having a pet can test the most tolerant of people.

So there you have it. Five top tips from the for getting a dog; as if you needed convincing.

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