Dogs Are Everyone’s Best Friend

By | July 30, 2012

Today’s Guest Post is from Dana Hanson, courtesy of babychangingstation.com Dana is a proud wife and the mother of two boys, freelance writer in the health and wellness niche and web content coordinator for BabyChangingStation.com. Dana adores her family’s Labrador Retriever and feels so much relaxed spending time with her after a challenging day at work

They say that a dog is a man’s best friend. The reality is that dogs are everyone’s best friend. Dogs provide vision for the blind, hearing assistance to the deaf by physically alerting them of sounds, and movement capacities for the immobilized. The medical world has long understood and recognized the importance and value of dogs in aiding the disabled. Dogs can provide phenomenal health and wellness benefits to anyone, however. As the proud owner of a playful, loving, energetic and protective Labrador Retriever, I am well-versed on these benefits. It would be my pleasure to share them with you and convince you to add a dog to your family. Read on, future dog owner…

Purely Health Benefits

There is real evidence that showcases the phenomenal health benefits associated with owning a dog. A study by the British Journal of Health in 2004 revealed that dog owners have lower cholesterol, blood pressure and fewer heart attacks. A Melbourne study of 6,000 people revealed the same findings. Pet owners in general make 30 percent fewer visits to doctors, according to a Japanese study.

Dogs Are an All-Natural Mood-Booster

We’ve all been there before. You’ve just arrived home after a stressful and hectic day at work. You endured a brutal commute on your way home. This is when a dog can provide you with some amazing mood-boosting benefits. Research has illustrated that it takes between just 15 and 30 minutes with your pet to feel more calm and relaxed. Playing with dogs is an excellent way to raise your brain’s level of dopamine and serotonin, both of which are neurotransmitters associated with pleasure, tranquility and deep relaxation. After a challenging day at work, I run straight home to my precious Lab!

Dogs Helps Kids in Multiple Ways

As a mother of two boys, I am happy to know that dogs provide so many amazing benefits to kids. Children who grow up with dogs in the home have fewer allergies and are less likely to have Eczema, or a skin disorder that involves scaly and itchy rashes, according to Science Daily. Dogs are also incredible pets for kids diagnosed with ADHD in that they help relax these kids. Children can release excess energy by playing with dogs. Of course, dogs can also help your children become more responsible.

Owning a Dog Means Adopting a Fitter Lifestyle

Owning a dog really encourages one to adopt a fitter lifestyle. Taking your dog out on walks and tossing the ball around makes for great exercise. In 2010, the Journal of Physical Activity and Health concluded that dog walkers walked roughly an hour longer than their fellow non-dog walking counterparts. If you want to shed some pounds and enjoy a major stress-reliever, do consider adding a dog to your family.

Home Security

While a cute and cuddly dog may not necessarily frighten a robber, studies have revealed that burglars do become scared and intimidated by barking dogs, which can deter home burglarization.

Endless Entertainment

The hours can pass by quickly when you spend time with a dog. My family’s Labrador Retriever provides us with hours of fun and laughter, which is a medicine in itself. It is so incredibly rewarding teaching her new tricks! Additionally, the entertainment a dog provides is more cost-efficient and means less expenses on other forms of entertainment for the family.

Dogs really are everyone’s best friend. They provide us with unconditional love, numerous health and wellness benefits and help us save money on entertainment, gym memberships and expensive home security systems. Are you ready to become a proud dog owner and add a dog to your family?