We’ve discussed at length about the many different types of changes you can incorporate to improve your life. Now, here’s a new topic of discussion; can dogs help you make healthier changes to your lifestyle? The short answer is Yes! Use these 5 points to see how much of a positive impact a dog can have on your health.
1 Companionship: As the cliche goes, dogs are a man’s best friend. Being around an animal means you wont be prone towards depression or isolation. In fact, it gives you something to do. Most dog (and cat owners) speak to their pets and care for them, thus taking the attention away from them which means that the owner feels needed and wanted. Besides, who doesn’t want to come home to a loving animal who loves to greet you at the end of a long day?
2 Increased exercise: Dogs need exercise too! Taking your dog walking/running are fun ways to make exercise fun! The perks are that you’ll be more inclined to go since you’ve got an exercise partner, and it helps improve the bond between you and your four legged friend. Did we also mention that the exercise is good for you?
3. Meet new people: Dogs are useful as they help you move around and meet new people-simply going out with your dog can be a conversation starter on its own. In addition, dog owners meet people with similar interests in pet stores, clubs, dog training classes etc. Use this wisely as you both have a common ground (your four legged friend) and then build relationships with new people.
4. Adds structure to your daily activities: Now, this may seem more like an annoyance, but taking care of a pet is a responsibly. Like all animals, dogs need to be fed, cleaned, taken to the vet, trained and generally taken care of. This ensures that your dog is calm and improves the whole bonding process.
5. Instant stress relief and lowered anxiety: You know that dogs love to be petted, so stroking his/her fur is a great way to keep your dog happy, as well as improve your stress levels-making you calmer and more relaxed. In addition, since dogs live in the moment, they help you (the owner) to become more mindful of the present.
Did you like this list? Tell us the favorite things you love to do with your four legged friend in the comments below.