Life is better with a dog and science is here to back us up on that. Living with a dog does wonders for your emotional and physical wellbeing. Here are our 5 favourite benefits of having a dog.
No more loneliness
Your pooch is always here by your side, offering love, support and cuddles, helping to reduce social isolation. A survey carried by Human Animal Bond Research Institute found that 85% of participants believe that interacting with pets make us feel less lonely.
Multiple studies have shown that dogs can help reduce stress, anxiety and even your blood pressure. For instance, a study from Washington State University found that petting your dog for just 10 minutes can reduce your cortisol (stress hormone) levels significantly.
Increased activity levels
A British study from last year found that dog owners are almost 4 times more likely to hit their daily physical activity requirements than people who don't own a dog. Those daily dog walks are not only good for your pooch but also for yourself!
Research shows that nearly half of dog owners find it easier to make friends. Walking your dog makes you more approachable and can give other people an easy way to start a conversation.
Do you feel happier when looking at your dog? It's because it raises your oxytocin levels, which is known as the love hormone. Dogs are incredible mood-boosters!