There is an incredibly special bond between dog and human that can be difficult to explain to non-dog owners. Over the last 30,000 years, we have formed a close and unbreakable relationship with our playful pooches. Check out 5 positive outcomes of the dog-human bond below.
Keep You Active
It has been recommended by health experts that adults get about 2 hours and 30 minutes of exercise per week. Dog owners are way more likely to hit that goal as we like to take our dogs out for a walk and they like going. This type of activity can also help you remain mobile as you age. It has been found that older adults who walked their dogs experienced fewer doctor visits and maintained a healthier weight.
Help You Lose Weight
This goes hand in hand with being more active but the more activity you do on a regular basis the more likely you will lose weight and stay at a healthy weight. Research has found that daily dog walks require moderate physical activity for 10, 20, or 30 minutes at a time. People also see dog walks as a responsibility, rather than just exercise making them more likely to do it. Also, someone who is more conscious of their own health will likely be concerned about their dog’s health and weight as well. This includes giving them the proper amount of exercise and feeding them the appropriate amount.
Improve Your Social Life
As we get older, it becomes harder and harder to meet people. However, as a dog owner, you are 40 percent more likely to make friends and socialise as it becomes effortless to speak with other dog owners during walks. People love talking about their favourite companion and it is an easy conversation starter. It is also beneficial for your dog as they can play and meet other dogs as well.
People with dogs are generally happier and in better moods. There are a few reasons this may be the case. Petting your dog and spending time with him/her can lower your blood pressure, help you relax, cut down on stress, and provide social support. Playing with a dog for even a few minutes releases a number of feel-good hormones which can instantly boost your mood. A happy owner makes a happy dog.
Overall Health Benefits
According to a 10-month study in 2011, people showed improvements in their health and engaged in healthier behaviours after just one month of owning a pet. These overall health benefits were increased when the owner had a higher-quality relationship with their pet. Dogs make us healthier and happier humans and we should always strive to do the same for them.
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