For some, a best friend can come in a shape and a size of a book or a dog. I’m a dog person. And it has everything to do with their cuteness (yes, the part where they leave their hair on apparently everything in the house is included). Dogs are playful and fun. You can also train your dogs to dance or to spin or to throw you a handball. They are sporty and high on enthusiasm, almost 24 7. And given the contagious nature of these things, you can’t escape becoming a better version of yourself when you get a dog. Dogs can absolutely bring out the best in you. On top of that, dogs are protective of their masters by nature. Therefore, you won’t have anyone messing with you. If you already have one dog, you may consider getting a second one. This can work well for all three of you. But in this article, I will furnish you with a ton of reasons why owning your first dog can be one of the best decisions of your life (that is, obviously in case you’re not convinced yet).
Dogs are good for your health
Let me elaborate that for you. If you are a dog owner, you won’t be alarmed by cardiovascular diseases. Dogs can evidently lower our stress level. Scientifically speaking, spending time with your pet produces oxytocin and hinders the secretion of cortisol in the body. Not only this, a dog in your house effectively keeps your blood pressure level in check. Surprised? Well, simply put, a ‘dog’ is just another name for ‘happiness’ and waking up next to a dog in your bed is one of the greatest blessings of existence.
Dogs are healthy companions for your children as well
Chances of the skin condition eczema affecting your tiny ones are substantially minimized when you have a dog around. Also, growing up with a dog will immune your children to pet allergies in the distant future. They will also have a reduced likelihood to suffer from asthma.
Dogs cause you to lose weight
When you are with a dog, the probability of your getting obese is slimmer than ever. Dogs let you stay physically fit. Walking your dog is the one of the best exercises you can do on a daily basis. Sometimes it might be quite natural for you to end up feeling not up for a walk. All the same, getting a walk just for the sake of your dog can work wonders for your body.
Dogs will make you laugh
I admit this one is a no brainer! Each one of us is entitled to rough patches in life, and it is mostly during those times that laughter can go a long, long way. If you stay in the vicinity of a dog, you don’t have to a fake a laugh. Dogs possess an innate ability to entertain humans no matter what.
Dogs are loyal friends
I can’t stress this enough. People change, feelings change. True. Dogs change. Not true. At all. Once they are accustomed to be in your proximity, they’ll never abandon you. Remember the movie ‘Hachi: A Dog’s Tale’? By the end of the film, I had no tissues in my house left! But what exactly makes them so very loyal? Dogs have evolved from wolves, and wolves move in packs. For them, the bond they share with one another is of supreme importance. This trait has been passed down to man’s best friend. This makes you are your dog’s pack.
Dogs make you social
This one’s a bit tricky and I’ll explain. Dog owners have a common interest, viz dogs. This allows them to get along with one another better. Bottom line is dogs make dog owners come together at one place.
Dogs love you the way no other animal can
The companionship that a dog can provide to a human being stands no rivalry. I mean, do you really think anyone else would wait for your return home each night the way a dog does? This is precisely why dog owners have an elevated confidence as well as self esteem. Additionally, when you welcome a pup in your family, your child will necessarily inculcate values of patience and responsibility and many more.
You know what’s like to father/mother a baby
There you have it. This is what Jennifer Aniston says at the end of ‘Marley and Me’. Even if it’s just you and your dog, you have a family. A dog teaches you how to take care of others.
You’re never lonely when you have a dog
You can be the most outgoing person in this world, but that doesn’t that you are immune to loneliness. It doesn’t make you proud, nonetheless you can’t deny it. As such, sometimes the company of a dog is all you need to hang in there. Not only does a dog inspire you but also reads your mind. He is sad when you are sad, and ecstatic when you are so. They mirror your emotions perfectly well.
A dog makes you appreciate all the little things that life has to offer
How many times have you heard that life is all about little things like the sunrise and the sunset? I’m assuming it’s a great many time. But owing a dog can serve this purpose far better than years of chanting the same. John Grogan rightly opines, “A dog doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, educated or illiterate, clever or dull. Give him your heart and he will give you his. It was really quite simple, and yet we humans, so much wiser and more sophisticated, have always had trouble figuring out what really counts and what does not.”
In return of so many things, what does a dog want from his master? Love, affection and appreciation. And don’t they deserve every bit of them? For me, watching a dog play with a little kid is one of the most adorable sights that can be. But with owning a dog comes great responsibility. My heart aches at the thought of so many dogs being treated miserably by their ‘owners’. When one buys a dog, it doesn’t automatically become your ‘property’. A dog is a living animal, just like we are. They are no showpieces to flatter your home, decor or status.