9 Science-Backed Reasons To Own A Dog
Loyal, protective, and always happy to see you, the dog has been a human companion for more than 18,000 years, making it one of the first domesticated animals in history.
Don't just take our word for it.
Scientists have proof that dogs make us laugh more than cats, keep us more active than the average human companion, and even reduce our chances of depression.
So, if you need a little more convincing, or you need to convince someone else in the household, here are the cold, hard facts for why you should own a dog.
1. Dogs Make Us Laugh
2. Dogs Are Loyal
3. We're More Social With A Dog
Moreover, the average American is more likely to own a dog than the other common house pet, the cat. That's more people to converse with about annoying dog hair, funny dog farts, and comforting dog cuddles.
4. Dogs Keep Us Healthy
A study published in the " Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences " last year showed that when exposed to dust from households where dogs were permitted inside and outside, mice developed an altered community of microbes in their gut that protect against allergens. They report that these microbes could be what's protecting young children from developing allergens in households with dogs.
5. We're More Active With Dogs
Moreover, elderly who walk their dogs actually have a more regular exercise routine and are more physically fit than elderly who walk with other people, according to a study published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services in 2010.
6. Dogs Save Lives
Dogs can also help humans by acting as an early-warning-system for patients who suffer from seizures. Trained dogs can sense the onset of a seizure up to 15 minutes before it occurs and will bark when this happens, which then warns the patient to sit so to prevent injury from falling down, for example. How dogs know when a seizure is coming is still unknown.
7. Dogs Give Us A Sense Of Purpose
8. Dogs Give Us Confidence
9. Dogs Make Us Genuinely Happy
Another study found that dog owners who relied on their dogs for social fulfillment reported that "they were less depressed, less lonely, had higher self-esteem, were happier, and tended to experience less perceived stress."
While owning a dog is a wonderful experience, just make sure you're ready for the responsibility. Before actually purchasing a dog, consider fostering one for a few weeks to get the feel for what kind of schedule you'll have to keep.
And if you're ready to welcome a four-legged, wagging tail into your heart, this app that can help you pick the perfect pooch for you.
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