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What are the Benefits of Dog Ownership?

Written by Maanasi

Dog lovers are always at war with cat lovers. This is one war that has no end, with each side trying to prove its pet is a better alternative. If you are part of the dog loving group, here are some benefits of dog ownership that you can brag about the next time you are in a debate with a cat lover.

Improved Immunity

Cleaning detergents and disinfectants are part and parcel of homes. People use them to get rid of nasty bacteria and germs that cause diseases and sickness. However, while you are waging a war with germs, you are in reality harming your immunity. When your body is not exposed to germs, it loses its resistance to fight them. But your Fido is covered with germs and before you decide to ship him to your uncle in the countryside, remember these germs can help boost your immunity. A study conducted by researchers from the North Carolina State University proves this. So, keep Fido with you and fall sick less often than non-dog lovers!

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Enhanced Resistance to Allergies

While most people allergic to pet dander and hair shudder at the thought of owning a pet. However, if you are a dog lover, here’s one benefit of dog ownership that you just can’t ignore. A study conducted by University of California San Francisco found when kids are exposed to dogs in their homes during early infancy, they are less likely to asthma and other allergies.

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Better Mental Wellbeing

Dog ownership is serious business. It requires a high level of commitment and willingness. However, the benefits of dog ownership just make the hard work worthwhile. A study published on the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health website shows, dog ownership improves mental and physical wellbeing. So, if you own a dog, you will be less depressed, your feel-good hormone (oxytocin) levels will increase. Basically, you can stay home and wallow in self-pity. You would have to take your dog out and this prevents you from feeling glum. The love your dog showers on you can also help boost your self-esteem and make you feel more positive.

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Active Social Life

Psychologists associated with Miami University and Saint Louis University published a study that shows people view dog owners more favorably. Not only does Fido help you enjoy more support from people who are important to you, he also will help you make new friends (other dog lovers and owners) when you take Fido out for his daily walk in the park. This helps widen your social circle, preventing you from feeling lonely and alone.

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Lower Risk of Heart Disease

The American Heart Association published a scientific statement in 2014 that claims dog ownership can be beneficial for heart health. As you have to exercise your dog daily, you too become physically active. This helps you enjoy better heart health compared to non-dog owners. So, put on your walking shoes and take your pooch out for a walk every day. Not only will you get fresh air, it also will keep your heart healthy and lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

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There definitely are a lot of benefits of dog ownership. Now you have all the ammunition you need to counteract a cat lover. Go for it! But remember, you should offer a home to a dog only if you provide a loving home and enjoy spending quality time with the pooch.

 

 

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Dog lovers are always at war with cat lovers. This is one war that has no end, with each side trying to prove its pet is a better alternative. If you are part of the dog loving group, here are some benefits of dog ownership that you can brag...
Dog lovers are always at war with cat lovers. This is one war that has no end, with each side trying to prove its pet is a better alternative. If you are part of the dog loving group, here are some <strong>benefits of dog ownership</strong> that you can brag about the next time you are in a debate with a cat lover. <strong>Improved Immunity</strong> Cleaning detergents and disinfectants are part and parcel of homes. People use them to get rid of nasty bacteria and germs that cause diseases and sickness. However, while you are waging a war with germs, you are in reality harming your immunity. When your body is not exposed to germs, it loses its resistance to fight them. But your Fido is covered with germs and before you decide to ship him to your uncle in the countryside, remember these germs can help boost your immunity. A study conducted by researchers from the <a href="https://news.ncsu.edu/2013/05/wms-dunn-homes-2013/">North Carolina State University</a> proves this. So, keep Fido with you and fall sick less often than non-dog lovers! <strong>Enhanced Resistance to Allergies</strong> While most people allergic to pet dander and hair shudder at the thought of owning a pet. However, if you are a dog lover, here’s one benefit of dog ownership that you just can’t ignore. A study conducted by <a href="https://www.ucsf.edu/news/2013/12/110746/research-shows-how-household-dogs-protect-against-asthma-and-infection">University of California San Francisco</a> found when kids are exposed to dogs in their homes during early infancy, they are less likely to asthma and other allergies. <strong>Better Mental Wellbeing</strong> Dog ownership is serious business. It requires a high level of commitment and willingness. However, the <strong>benefits of dog ownership</strong> just make the hard work worthwhile. A study published on the <a href="http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21728449">US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health</a> website shows, dog ownership improves mental and physical wellbeing. So, if you own a dog, you will be less depressed, your feel-good hormone (oxytocin) levels will increase. Basically, you can stay home and wallow in self-pity. You would have to take your dog out and this prevents you from feeling glum. The love your dog showers on you can also help boost your self-esteem and make you feel more positive. <strong>Active Social Life</strong> Psychologists associated with <a href="http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2011/07/cats-dogs.aspx">Miami University and Saint Louis University</a> published a study that shows people view dog owners more favorably. Not only does Fido help you enjoy more support from people who are important to you, he also will help you make new friends (other dog lovers and owners) when you take Fido out for his daily walk in the park. This helps widen your social circle, preventing you from feeling lonely and alone. <strong>Lower Risk of Heart Disease</strong> The <a href="http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/Owning-a-Pet-May-Protect-You-from-Heart-Disease_UCM_453586_Article.jsp">American Heart Association</a> published a scientific statement in 2014 that claims dog ownership can be beneficial for heart health. As you have to exercise your dog daily, you too become physically active. This helps you enjoy better heart health compared to non-dog owners. So, put on your walking shoes and take your pooch out for a walk every day. Not only will you get fresh air, it also will keep your heart healthy and lower your cholesterol and triglyceride levels. There definitely are a lot of <strong>benefits of dog ownership</strong>. Now you have all the ammunition you need to counteract a cat lover. Go for it! But remember, you should offer a home to a dog only if you provide a loving home and enjoy spending quality time with the pooch.    

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