The benefits of having a dog

by Mark James on March 19, 2012

People often turn to yoga and meditation when looking to reduce the stress of their life and these practices certainly have their benefits. However, buying a dog can also offer health benefits, as well as bring a new best friend into your life.

Obviously, if you are too busy at work to look after a pet properly then it is inadvisable to buy a dog. However, if you have the time to devote yourself to caring for an animal, then a dog will provide a great companion in your life, bringing you support and the opportunity to exercise regularly, both of which can help you de-stress.

Looking after a dog can help improve your mood. How can you stay in a bad mood when your dog sidles up to you for some attention? The relaxation involved when stroking an animal can also help reduce tensions and lower blood pressure. Of course, most dogs need a good walk several times a day and this therefore encourages you to get out and about in the fresh air. With your dog as a companion, you are more likely to enjoy the exercise too. Who knows, you might even meet some like-minded dog lovers when you are out on your regular walks. This increases your network of friendly faces, which can help with loneliness.

A dog will be there for you whatever troubles you are experiencing and their love will be unconditional. If you have the time to devote to a dog, you can be sure that you will receive the benefits back tenfold.

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