Do Dogs Make Us Better?

Do Dogs Make Us Better It's long been said that dogs are man's best friend. But are they more than just cute faces to fawn over and soft fur to pet? Science says they areā€“here's a few science-based benefits of owning a dog.

  • Dogs relieve stress. You might have guessed this one because of the existence of therapy dogs, but studies have proved that playing with petting a familiar dog counteracts the physical effects of stress. It can lower blood pressure and heart rate, slow breathing, and relax muscle tension.
  • Dogs are good for your heart health. Stress is a major cause of cardiovascular problems, so the stress-relieving bond between dogs and humans can lower people's risk for heart-related health issues.
  • Dogs make us more social. They can help us connect with neighbors out on walks or make new friends at the dog park. Studies have shown that young adults who grow up with a dog become more confident and empathetic.
  • Dogs keep you in shape. Dog owners are more likely to engage in regular moderate physical activity than non-dog owners. All those walks do more for your health than you realize!
  • Dogs help your immune system. Being around pet fur and dandruff can strengthen dog owners' immune systems, and children who are raised with a dog are less likely to develop allergies.
  • Dogs make us happy. Just looking into your dog's eyes has been shown to raise your oxytocin, or "love hormone," levels. Owning a dog can even alleviate symptoms of depression, especially for older adults.
  • Dogs can help keep people safe and healthy. With their heightened sense of hearing and smell, dogs can alert us to possible dangers we might not notice at first. This can include anything from dogs' barking deterring home intruders to service dogs detecting seizures, cancer, blood sugar highs/lows, and more.
  • A dog can make you more attractive. Seriously! In a UK study that surveyed 700 people, 60% said that owning a dog can make people seem more attractive, and 85% said people with dogs are more approachable. Who knew your dog could be such a good wingman?

Most dog owners don't need convincing of the merits of being around dogs, but if you still have any doubts, come visit Roscoe at our store! He'll be happy to see you, and he's guaranteed to put a smile on your face.