16 Health benefits of having dogs 2020

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Health Benefits Of Having Dogs 2020

Whether you’re a dog owner or volunteer, hanging out with our four-legged friends can do wonders for your health and wellness physically and mentally!

15 Health benefits of having a dog

1. Improve heart health
Dogs put us back on track to take a break and enjoy the moments. Dogs don’t just fill your heart, they actually make it stronger. Studies show that having a pet companion is linked to lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels, which contribute to better overall cardiovascular health and fewer heart attacks. What’s more, dog owners who do have heart attacks have better survival rates following the events.

2. Healthier appetite
Dogs like to see what your eating making the meals seem more precious. Often times we eat alone and not think much of it but when a companion is with you and loves to eat with you and even might sneak up and take your food right off your plate, Making the food seem not like just another meal but if you don't eat it you know your doggy friend will. 

3. May help sleeping disorders
A study of people that had a breathing disorders shown improved sleeping when matching your breathing with the pets breathing while falling asleep. This resulted in better sleep and helped fixing mental sleeping disorders. 

Briskey with Orangie and Cleo from yakima washington

4. Puts compassion in unbelievers
When you wonder where some unbelievers have compassion on others. Often times the unconditional love that dogs have will have a huge effect on people more than we know. When times get hard and everything sucks but yet there is that loving pup there to be right by your side. That pup that needs you and is all yours. Sometimes people show that kind of love towards each other even by what has been seen in a pet. When asking it was said because of animals. 

5. Having a pet can help shake a grumpy edge off
When a person is a pet lover and yet they work all the time and forget what it's like to have a furry friend. Many people work and don't have anything to take care of. Many have problems being mean to each other and holding grudges. A dog shows a kind of love never holding a grudge and wants to be yours and when everything sucks and often times there's no one that wants to watch TV with you or walk with you. There's that furry friend that is yours and your gift to enjoy. Don't forget to be thankful. 

6. Keep you fit and active
Gerontologist found that older adults who walked dogs experienced “lower body mass index, fewer activities of daily living limitations, fewer doctor visits, and more frequent moderate and vigorous exercise.

Walking a dog to keep fit and active

7. Help you lose weight
Want to drop a few pounds? Grab your doggy and take a walk. Research has repeatedly found that daily dog walks help you lose weight, since they force you to into moderate physical activity for 10, 20, and even 30 minutes at a time. In fact, in 2010, one small study discovered public housing residents who walked “loaner” dogs five times a week lost an average of 14.4 pounds over the course of a year. Participants considered it a responsibility to the dog, rather than exercise.

8. Improve your social life
As we age, it becomes harder to get out and meet people. Not so for dog owners. Researchers have found that about 40 percent make friends more easily, possibly because the vast majority speak with other dog owners during walks. Dog owners in particular tend to be a little more extroverted, or outgoing.

Dogs improve social life health benefits

9. Reduce stress
There’s a reason therapy dogs are so effective: Spending just a few minutes with a pet can lower anxiety and blood pressure, and increase levels of serotonin and dopamine, two neurochemicals that play big roles in calm and well being. People performing stressful tasks do better when there’s a dog around, too, and studies show dogs ease tension both at the office and between married couples.


10. Dogs Can Make You Happier
All this helps boost mental responses and motivation if struggling to get out of bed or to lose those last few pounds, leading to an overall sense of productivity and satisfaction. Plus, having a strong sense of purpose and a routine (which is often required for taking care of a dog) allows for stability which in turn helps fight mental illness.

Dog cuddled next to woman Lisa Briskey

11. Dogs Can Help Keep You Safe
Often times people have a fear of a burglar or someone sneaking in through a window to rob there house. Having a pet is more comforting because often times they make noise and scare the robbers away. Studies have shown that barking dogs help deter burglaries and other violent attacks. With heightened senses of hearing and smell, dogs can detect things you can’t and alert you to possible danger. A dogs’ natural instinct is often to protect their home and family.

12. Add meaning and purpose 
As we grow older especially after we retire it can be difficult to find structure and meaning day in and day out. Dogs take care of that. “They force people to continue to do things. So, even if you’re not feeling well emotionally or physically, the dog can keep you busy feeding them and taking them on walks. Dogs help prevent loneliness and isolation, as well, which is key in staving off cognitive decline and disease. It helps us to not just focus on our needs. It gives us a reason to really get up in the morning. ‘I need to get up and take care of my furry friend.

Dogs add meaning an purpose health benefits

13. Stave off depression
It’s widely believed that dog owners are less prone to depression than the dog-less, largely because they seem to help in so many other areas of health and well being. Though there’s evidence that certain dog owners including isolated elderly women and HIV positive men suffer less from depression than those without pets, there’s also proof that dogs don’t do much for other demographics. That said, therapy dogs animals that do not stay in your home have been shown to be effective in easing depression for a variety of people, old and young, sick and healthy.

14. Prevent grand kids’ allergies
Dogs and cats actually lower a child’s chance of becoming allergic to pets up to 33 percent, according to a 2004 study in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. As a side bonus, young kids might even develop stronger immune systems.

15. Reduce doctor visits
If you’re over 65 and own a pet, odds are you seek medical help about 30 percent less often than people who don’t have a pet. Animal owning seniors on Medicare reported fewer doctor contacts over the 1 year period than respondents who did not own pets. Owners of dogs, in particular, were buffered from the impact of stressful life events on physician utilization.

16. Battle disease and injury
It’s believed that owning a dog can help detect, treat, and manage a variety of illnesses and debilitation. Some dogs have been trained to sniff out skin, kidney, bladder, and prostate cancer, among others. Service dogs are known to benefit people with everything from traumatic brain injury to autism to rheumatoid arthritis, increasing mobility and promoting independence. Alzheimer’s patients are soothed by dogs, whose companionship also seems to mitigate emotional flare ups and aggression.




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