Did you know that one of the benefits of dog ownership is improved mental and physical health?
Dogs are great companions for adults and the benefits of dogs for kids are huge because they provide unconditional love and loyalty. They will both develop a strong bond with each other and your dog will go to great extremes to protect them.
Benefits Of Dog Ownership – Mental Health
For children as well as older adults dog ownership provides a wealth of benefits for our mental health.
Benefits of dogs for children, a dog loves unconditionally and is always happy to see you. For shy children, dogs help them overcome feelings of exclusion or loneliness. Dogs have been shown to help boost self-esteem and are great at attracting other children to make new friends.
Dogs help keep children active and playing outside which is great exercise. The one-on-one interaction is far better than the current electronic device craze. Dogs also help children feel safe allowing them to overcome fears easier like sleeping in a dark room. The chores of caring for the dog are also a fantastic way to teach children responsibilities.
If you have a child or children who are shy a dog is a perfect way to draw them out of their shells and make new friends.
Benefits of dogs for older adults, dogs provide companionship especially for people who may have lost a spouse. A loyal dog will provide comfort and feelings of safety in their home. A dog will also help older adults stay active.
Dogs need to get outside and walk and meet the calls of nature. Getting outside on a daily basis is not only great for the dog but provides tremendous mental health benefits for the older adult. If physically able, taking walks with your dog is a great way to get exercise, fresh air, and enjoy the outdoors.
Dogs forces you to get up and go outside whether you want to or not which sets a routine that can help relieve depression and feelings of isolation.
Health Benefits Of Dogs
In addition to the mental benefits of dogs, studies have revealed many health benefits of dog ownership. Some of these health benefits include lower blood pressure and a stronger immune system. Studies have shown dog owners also recover from a major illness or surgery much faster.
Dogs and cats actually lower a child’s chance of becoming allergic to pets—up to 33 percent, according to a 2004 study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Dogs Can Reduce Stress
Families that own dogs just have less stress. They can deal with stressful situations better and the unconditional love of a dog instantly melts away anxiety. Dog people just seem more positive. It is the calming and relaxing feelings a dog provides. Who can feel stressed when your dog lays their chin on your knees and looks at you with those big ole eyes? You can’t!
Socialization Benefits Of Dogs
Dogs are so lovable that they are great ice breakers when meeting new people or neighbors. Dogs are curious and kids love them. When we downsized our home my Grandkids instantly were drawn to the neighbor’s big dog. It made meeting our new neighbors very easy.
People walking their dogs will also stop and ask about your dog and their name before they even introduce themselves. I bet you knew their dog’s name before you learned their name!
I believe that is the socialization reason dogs were put on this earth. To bring people together and build friendships. If only there were more dog moms, dads, and families we could solve world peace! Well, maybe that is a stretch.
So, if you are considering getting a dog to join your household, we hope this discussion has shown you all the positive things dog ownership provides for your physical and mental health wellbeing. What’s stopping you from getting a dog and enjoying the benefits of dog ownership?
Attribution: 2004 study source