As a little girl, whenever people asked me what I wanted to do with my life I would always respond saying, “I want to live in a mansion with my best friends, 100 dogs, and have blue hair.” If only I could graduate with a degree in loving dogs, then my dream would come true. Unfortunately, that isn’t happening anytime soon, but my love for dogs hasn’t changed. Being in college I don’t have the time and set schedule to have a dog but I have fostered puppies for short periods of time, and was instantly happier. Dogs are not only adorable but also offer many benefits to your well-being! Here are a few reasons how dogs provide owners with several benefits:
Need to relax more? Just spend a few minutes a day with your best friend
It is scientifically proven that spending 10-15 min a day with your dog will make you feel more relaxed and calm. It is like having a cuddle buddy 24/7 and never wanting them to leave.
Dogs help you get ready for that summer body
Having a dog forces you to take him on walks and exercise regularly. Going for a walk in the park or playing fetch with your dog is a great way to exercise without it feeling like one.
Having a dog could help you make more friends
Whenever I walked my foster puppy, about 5 people would stop me on the street to make conversation (even if it was just to pet my dog). Having a dog makes a person a lot more approachable and easier to talk to hence making more friends! Who knows your puppy could even be cupid…
You’ll be a lot healthier
It has been proven that dog owners have lower heart rate and blood pressure. If you have any children, having a dog reduces the chance of having allergies in the future.
Someone will always be happy to see you
Nothing is better than coming home from a long day and being greeted by a wagging tail. No matter how late you come home, your dog will always be impatiently waiting for your arrival.
Remember if you do decide to get a dog, it is a 10+ year commitment. That being said, it will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. I personally own 2 dogs, and my oldest who passed away last week, and they have always been the highlight of my trips back home. I couldn’t miss Rex any more. However with my other two dogs, I’m probably more excited to see them than my mom (sorry mom).
What benefits have your dogs given you? Let us know!