There are many people who choose not to have dogs as pets because they are a lot of responsibility. Dogs need to be walked every day, bathed often, taken to the vet, and taken to the groomer. Some people are not up for that type of responsibility. What they may not know is that there are benefits of having a dog that greatly outweigh the responsibility.
The Owner Will Be Happier
Dog owners are happier than most people. When the owner of a dog gets home every day, they will have someone there waiting for them. The dog will be excited to see the owner. If a person has a horrible day, one look at their dog’s adorable face will cheer them up and make them feel better. At some level, having a dog has the same benefit of having the emotional benefits of a human relationship.
More Reason to Exercise
Many people struggle with exercise. They often find reasons to avoid exercising. When they have a dog, this changes. They will have a reason to get up each day and take a walk. Most dogs won’t let up until they get their daily walk. Not only will the daily walks keep the dog healthy, but the walks will also keep the owner healthy.
A More Active Social Life
Having a dog is a great way to meet people. When a person takes their dog for a walk, they have a good chance of meeting people while they are out. If an owner takes their dog to a dog park, they can meet other dog owners who are regulars at the park as well. These meetings can lead to lasting friendships.
Studies have shown that there are dogs who can smell cancer in the human body. Dogs can be trained to do this. There have been stories where dogs have licked their owners’ lumps or moles until the owners finally went to see the doctor and were diagnosed with cancer.
Having dogs as pets has many benefits. They do need a certain degree of care. However, there are many benefits of having a dog. A dog can be there for their owner, brighten up their life, and in some cases, save their life.