7 reasons a dog makes you happy
Did you know that a dog can make you happy and healthy? Indeed, a dog can change your entire life. Dog owners, of course, already know this. Yet you needn't own a dog yourself in order to benefit from the company of a dog. A dog sitter or dog walker can also experience all of the wonderful things that a dog has to offer. Below you'll find 7 reasons a dog makes you happy:
1) You're never alone
A dog is a true pal who's always there for you, never judges you and is invariably happy to have you around. Imagine: you step out of bed on the wrong side, you're simply not feeling yourself this morning. Then along comes your happy four-legged friend wagging his tail. He places his head on your lap and looks at you with those huge, adoring eyes: "Don't be sad. Why don't we go outside?" And your bad mood instantly evaporates :-)
2) You get plenty of fresh air...
... and you discover the most beautiful places! A dog needs to be walked three to four times a day. Those already accustomed to owning a dog will know that this is certainly no punishment. In fact, in our busy day-to-day lives at work or in front of the computer, it's great to be able to go outside and catch your breath. Together with your canine companion, you'll get to know some of the most beautiful parts of your local area. You'll enjoy daily visits to pretty woods and parks where you can truly unwind and your dog can run free. Those taking a daily walk with their dog generally feel happier and healthier, and have the welcome opportunity to experience nature on a regular basis.
3) A dog teaches you much about yourself
A dog is like a mirror. Dogs are totally honest and their response to human behaviour is pure and unfiltered. Your faithful friend will also react directly to your behaviour and emotions. This can be quite confronting: he'll consistently pick up on your stress, anxiety or anger. Similarly your confidence and composure also effects your dog. So, take the time to get to know your dog inside out and you'll become better acquainted with yourself. And that results in a special bond between you and your dog!
4) A dog encourages fun social contact
A cute dog makes you an interesting passerby: "What a sweet dog! What's his name?" And if you've ever taken a dog for a walk, you'll know that you usually bump into other dog owners. Which is great, because you can share your experiences with your dogs and the dogs get to play with each other! Of course, you might not always fancy a chat, in which case you can simply say a friendly hello and continue on your way. But if you do wish to meet new people, you'll find that a dog is a wonderfully sociable friend to have at your side!
5) A dog is good for your health
A dog is extremely good for your health. Not only because it gets you moving, but also because pet ownership can help to reduce stress, lower blood pressure and promote the production of the 'happiness hormone' endorphin. Dog owners recover faster and more efficiently after illness, and having a pet also offers health benefits for the elderly. And children who grow up with dogs are less likely to develop allergies and asthma.
6) A dog makes you happy
There's no greater gift than allowing your child to grow up with pets. Children confide all of their secrets to their dog, because a dog never judges and is always there! Research has even shown that having pets is good for both the physical and emotional wellbeing of children. And those who learn about careful and responsible pet ownership at a young age will benefit from it for the rest of their lives. The animals too, of course!
7) A dog gives meaning to your life
Because dog ownership is a huge responsibility. In your dog's eyes you're the master of the universe, the most important person in his life. He is totally dependent on you. You're responsible for his physical and mental health. This might sound daunting, but for dog owners it's the real beauty of owning a dog. You're giving a magnificent animal a wonderful life. Anyone who has ever adopted a dog knows just how great it feels to give such a deserving creature a good home. A dog really adds colour to your life! Of course, looking after a dog is an important task, and as such it's essential that you think it through carefully. Read 6 questions about getting a dog
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