Best Pets to Have? – Dogs are the Answer
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Best Pets to Have? – Dogs are the Answer

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Have you ever been so stressed out that the only solution was to pet a puppy? We have all been there at one point or another. After a long day of work, it’s natural to crave the calming effects of an animal. But not just any animal will do. Enter, the dog. Dogs are often known as man’s best friends because they offer companionship and unconditional love. They also offer a healthier happier life, in general. With a dog in your life, you can relax more easily, be active in your community, and even look better! Here are some pros and cons of owning a dog for all those who are considering their next furry addition.

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Section 1: The Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

Health Benefits

Physical Activity

Taking walks with a dog will not only burn off those last few chocolate chip cookies you ate while working all night, but it can also be used as an effective form of exercise. A study was done which found that children who walked their dogs reported significantly less obesity than children who didn’t walk their dogs. Another study showed that those who walked their dogs with their children experienced significant increases in physical activity and energy. Also, another study showed that dog owners were found to live 5 years longer than people without dogs.

Better Lifestyle

Owning a dog will keep you more fit, healthier, and happier.

Dogs and Depression

This topic has become a hot topic of discussion recently. A study was just released that looks at all types of pets and their role in our lives. The findings showed that people who own dogs have better overall mental health. They had a lower anxiety rate and higher self-esteem. In addition, they didn’t struggle with depression as much. The researchers from Duke University, said, “Since depression is common in older adults, it was unexpected that a pet dog would help to counteract this psychological symptom in older adults.” Dogs can be good for your mental health! They provide constant companionship, great exercise, and give you the social outlet you may need.

Not a Good Idea If You Aren’t Physically Fit

Like any other living creature, a dog requires exercise.

Dogs and Anxiety

The internet is full of stories about how dogs relieve anxiety, including stories of dogs soothing a mother dog during delivery. This is one of the common side effects of having a pet, not just a dog. But while dogs can ease the stress and anxiety of being alone, they are not good at helping you get over bad news. If you are the type of person that needs an “animal fix” to give you a kick when you’re down, then a dog is not for you. Instead, you should look to other forms of therapy like eating, sleeping, breathing, laughing, and enjoying life.

Dogs and Health

Dogs are natural cleaners and body cleaners. This is due to their nature of constantly licking themselves to keep themselves clean. Because of this, most dogs are great pet options for people who live in humid climates.

Dogs and Obesity

The obesity epidemic in the United States is causing an epidemic of canine health problems as well. According to a study published in the journal Obesity, dogs who are fed low-quality foods, such as dry or canned food, are three times more likely to be overweight than dogs who are fed human-grade foods such as table scraps and high-quality canned food. This is particularly true for dogs that have been exposed to long-chain omega-6 acids such as corn, corn oil and soybean. Feeding human food is a common practice that people do out of convenience. But we should consider how doing so will impact our dogs’ health.

Decreased Dental Health

Dogs are living longer and are living with more conditions that result in dental disease.

Dogs and Loneliness

Although there is much debate over whether the amount of loneliness people experience is directly related to the number of pets in the household, there is a significant correlation. Almost half of dogs live alone in households with more than two people. On the other hand, 15% of households have only one dog. The stress of social isolation is the number one cause of loneliness, so when you have a dog, you are less likely to feel lonely because you are around family and friends more often. However, many people do experience a certain degree of loneliness that comes with living alone, especially when one can’t bring their dog with them.

In this situation, having a dog can prove beneficial, however, some dogs are too large or disruptive for one person to own alone.

Pros & Cons of Owning a Dog

Pros

Physical Activity – They can help you meet people and do something active. This is especially great if you don’t have a car.

– They can help you meet people and do something active. This is especially great if you don’t have a car. Companionship – You’ll love this dog’s unconditional love, and it’s good for your relationship with yourself.

– You’ll love this dog’s unconditional love, and it’s good for your relationship with yourself. Humor – This dog is really into making you laugh, so he or she can’t be a bad pet.

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– This dog is really into making you laugh, so he or she can’t be a bad pet. Cleaning – You can’t complain about cleaning dog droppings or anything else that comes out of this guy.