Dog health benefits
Having a dog provides countless dog health benefits. Those benefits range from motivating daily walks to reducing stress and lowering blood pressure.
Heart healthy: It’s no secret that having a dog makes their owners more active, social and less likely to be depressed. But a study from Sweden shows dog owners live longer because they are less likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease.
More social: Dogs make people more social. They serve as icebreakers and conversation starters. Dogs also ease tension and make people feel calmer and assured.
Better neighbor: Dog owners make good neighbors. They are friendly and helpful. Because they walk their dogs daily, they know their neighborhoods and more likely to spot dangers.
Dog-friendly workplace: Adding office pets can reduce employee stress. They also boost both creativity and productivity. Just be sure to keep a pet-free space for workers who are allergic to or afraid of dogs.
Reduce pain: Dogs help ease chronic illnesses by providing love and support. Dogs also reduce anxiety and encourage people to be more social.
Good for kids: Dogs provide health benefits for children that range from boosting their immune and cardiovascular systems to reducing stress and improving their self-esteem.