There should be no other reason to get a dog other than to just do it. Sure, they eat poop sometimes, rip up furniture occasionally and do all kinds of other mischievous things, but there are so many other amazing reasons to have a loving companion that the positives outweigh the negatives. Keep in mind, owning a dog is a huge responsibility and you should not get a dog unless you are truly ready for the responsibility. But, for those who are ready these are the top five reasons you should get a dog.
Dogs Teach Responsibility
Commitment is for the life of your dog. You can’t suddenly not want to deal with them. It’s a living, breathing, feeling being. You have to feed them, wash them, walk them, pay attention to them, love and care for them. It’s a very valuable lesson to learn and who better to teach you than a dog?
Dogs Keep Us Healthy
Dogs don’t just fill our hearts; they can help make them stronger. Studies show that having a dog is linked to lower blood pressure, cholesterol and overall improved cardiovascular health. They also help keep you fit and active thus helping you to lose weight. Dogs not only improve physical health, but mental health as well. They can help reduce stress and even stave off depression. Win, win and win.
Dogs Improve Our Social Lives
Making relationships is easier with a dog. If you have a dog and someone else has a dog, boom, instant friendship. Your dog is an immediate conversation piece. Not only that, but they can help improve self-esteem and make us feel more confident.
Dogs Make Us Genuinely Happy
Just looking at your dog causes instant happiness. They release a chemical in your brain caused oxytocin, which helps to reduce stress. There’s something inexplicable about owning a dog that brings us social fulfillment, gives us purpose and makes us feel less lonely. Dogs are great listeners and even better, they don’t judge you. It’s the perfect companion.
Dogs Love You Unconditionally
Dogs don’t play mind games with you. Dogs don’t judge you or try to change you. They love you just the way you are. In a dog’s eyes, you are the best person ever. What greater feeling is there knowing that something out there loves you so unconditionally? There isn’t.