Ever heard the saying “dogs are a man’s best friend”? If you’ve welcomed a dog into your family, you know that there is no truer phrase, and companionship is one of the greatest joys you can experience. As your pup integrates into your day-to-day life, you’ll quickly notice the newfound benefits to your overall health and well-being. From helping you become more active and social to easing stress and loneliness, here are some of the top advantages to adopting a dog.
Dogs are great at helping to ease stress in your life
Let’s face it, life can be extremely stressful at times. One of the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic is that society gained a heightened awareness of the stress and anxiety people often feel in their everyday lives. Interacting with your pup has been shown to lower stress hormones and reduce anxiety, which can be an incredible benefit of adopting a dog.
Pups need exercise, encouraging you to get active too
Dogs are natural exercise companions and require exercise, encouraging you to get more active. From regular walks and playtime to a visit to the dog park, you’ll notice a boost in your physical activity levels just from simply giving your new pup the attention and care they need. Since a dog needs daily exercise, you’ll notice more consistency in your own fitness routine and the increased physical activity is a great benefit of being a dog owner.
Four-legged friends can lead to more human friends
Getting out there with your new pup can also encourage you to make new human friends, too. This was confirmed through a study that proved domestic dogs are facilitators of social interaction. From other pet owners at the dog park to neighbors you encounter on your walks around the block, your four-legged best friend can help you befriend other pet parents and curb isolation and loneliness.
Dogs can improve your self-esteem
Responsible dog owners create safe, consistent, and caring environments for their pups. By selecting a good veterinarian, scheduling regular visits for your dog and following recommended nutritional advice (and ensuring your dog gets a good walk every day), you will probably find that your self-confidence in your ability to care for your wonderful pet, will grow with each passing day.
From these reasons and beyond, it’s clear that adopting a dog can enhance your life as much as you can enhance theirs. From improved mental health and social connection to reduced anxiety and increased physical activity, the positive effects of canine companionship are uncontested and make adopting a pup a great decision.
If you are considering adopting a pet and are curious about the best way to provide support and prepare for this new best friend, check out this AVMA guide to pet ownership. After you adopt your dog, it’s important to schedule their veterinary appointment and our team is here to help. At Bregman Veterinary Group we make it our mission to help you determine the best course of action for your pet from the very beginning so that they can live long, healthy lives. To schedule an appointment for your new pup, click here to get started.