Owning a dog has many health benefits from reducing stress to better social health. Here is a list on just how many ways a dog can improve your health.
Can Help Reduce Stress
A study found that when researching two different groups of patients who suffered from high blood pressure. The patients from Group 1 were able to keep their blood pressure lower during periods of stress due to their dogs comforting them.
“Over the last decade or so there have been periodic reports on the association between pet ownership and cardiovascular risk,” says Dr. Glenn N. Levine, a cardiologist with the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center in Houston, Texas.
Dog Walking Can Improve Your Physical Health
Going for a walk with your dog is a great way to bond with them and a great way to get some exercise into your day. Walking or running with your dog is also a good way to test your dog’s obedience skills when it comes to cars and other dogs.
More benefits of dog walking include improved cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, stronger muscles and bones and decreased stress.
Dogs Can Help You Connect With Other People
Common interests such as a love for dogs or being spotted with a dog is a great way to connect with people and gain friendships.
According to www.huffingtonpost.com, ‘researchers found that people who reported greater care for animals were also more likely to be involved in their communities and serve in leadership roles.’
Dogs Can Help You Get in a Better Mood
“In some cases, the social support offered by an animal is greater than the support than another human could offer.” Dr June McNicholas, health psychologist.
People who own pets are normally much happier and confident. People who own dogs are also much less lonely, as they have a friend to play with or lay down and relax with. We can see this in the bond between an autistic person and they’re assist dog. When they are having a meltdown, breakdown or shutdown, the dog will smother them with love by licking them, wagging their tail and hugging them. Dog’s are great at cheering people up and are excellent at detecting what they’re human is feeling.
Dogs aren’t just cute and sometimes hilarious, they are also one of the greatest ways to improve your health physically, mentally, emotionally and socially. Even more reason to love them.