Studies show that pet owners, especially dog owners, are affected positively. The studies show stress, feeling lonely, and overall health is improved by time spent with the dogs. They lead a more active lifestyle and having a pet brings joy and happiness.
Owning a pet helps us feel relaxed, at ease, and more content. The family as a whole benefit from pet ownership, especially the children. They gain confidence from the responsibility of pet care and learn of the unconditional love that their pets offer.
As great companions, dogs are perfect for the elderly who live alone. Pets are considered to be family members, bringing gladness to their people. When you come home and your friend licks your face and wags his tail, you fee that instant joy!
When you own a dog you create a routine. You take your pup on early morning walks and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. In the evening you go for a stroll and just enjoy your time together. There is the routine of feeding your dog on a regular basis so that you and your dog know when that is.
In fact, your day is often organized to fit your pet’s needs. This allows them to keep fit, exercise, and have more shared outside time. People who are retired fit this description perfectly, as they have more spare time than the working person.
Being outside, having your best friend beside you the time just slips away. It is so easy to not feel alone, anxious, or depressed. Being organized also gives you and your dog something to look forward to. You can plan your day for hiking, or going to the dog park, whatever you love to do with your 4 footed friends.
Dogs are good listeners, they listen quietly, offer unconditional love by licking your tear-stained face, or putting their nose up against you. They don’t judge, they only try to be there for you, like a good friend would. We as pet owners, especially if we live alone, feel wanted and needed by just having a pet. This connection often helps us work through our life issues.
People, because of their pets stay more socially connected. They meet other people while walking their dog, going to the pet store, the park just out playing with the pet. As we get older, meeting people isn’t as easy. Having a dog, they share the same interest and have something in common.
People who have pets have been shown to have a stronger immune system, have fewer allergies to grass,dust.pollen, and even ragweed. They have also found that there is a lower risk of getting asthma.
In addition, these owners generally have low blood pressure even when stressed due to the comfort their pet gives. While petting or grooming your dog, the hormone oxytocin is released, consequently, the blood pressure lowers, stress decreases and so does anxiety.
Remember your childhood? How you ran, laughed, and played crazy games, well the smiles and laughter the frolic produced raised your serotonin and dopamine levels. You felt more calm and happy, just as you do when you enjoy your pet, your dog, as you cuddle and play, it makes you smile.
Dogs love their toys, and we owners love the satisfaction of getting them. The pet stores have a great selection and there are toys and fun things for any pet. As we watch our pet enjoy his new plaything, we feel happy.
Our dogs are good for our hearts. When we are depressed, discouraged, hurt, angry, or whatever emotion we feel, our best friend is there to comfort us. They make us feel loved, and tell us with a nudge or a lick or a wag, that we matter. So many people have overcome their life struggles from owning a dog.
Dogs just seem to know when the world isn’t quite right, and they want to comfort us. Pet owners get so attached to their pets that when they finally go to the big dog park in the sky the loss is devastating. There is this void, an emptiness in our hearts. Then a little puppy or dog comes along, touches our hear and it starts all over again. Once again we have that special best friend, with a unique personality and we are happy with our dog.