You know that feeling you get when you’re turning your key in the lock after a long day, and you can hear your dog waiting for you on the other side of the door? There’s nothing quite like it. There’s a reason for that. Your best friend’s unconditional love does more than give you the warm fuzzies. Research shows dogs can actually improve your overall health and happiness.
Playing with a dog triggers your brain to release dopamine and serotonin—the chemicals you can thank for making you feel happy. Time with your fur baby gives you more than a mood boost. Research shows it only takes 15 to 30 minutes with a dog before you feel more relaxed and calm. Good-bye stress. Hello puppy love.
Because dogs need to be walked daily, most dog owners get the recommended minimum 30 minutes of exercise a day, lowering their risk of cardiovascular disease and keeping them in better overall shape. One point for Fido and one point for your waistband.
Studies from both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health have found dog owners have lower overall blood pressure and cholesterol, which can ultimately minimize the risk of a heart attack.
While dogs can trigger allergies in some people, growing up in a house with a dog makes children less likely to develop allergies over the course of their lives. Even in the womb, babies are still less likely to be bothered by animal hair and dander, or to develop eczema as an adult.
Dogs require a regular feeding and exercise schedule. Having a consistent routine not only keeps them balanced and calm, it can help you, too. Not only is it an excuse to get out of bed in the morning, but research shows having control over your daily life leads to more satisfaction and less stress. Sounds like a win-win, to us.
Today is National Dog Day. Don’t forget to say thanks to your 4-legged friends not just today, but every day, for making your life just a little bit brighter.