Why You Should Get a Dog

Man’s best friend for a reason...here are the compelling facts to convince you to adopt a canine

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

March 23, 2021

It’s National Puppy Day so here are the reasons you should bring one home today.

The Cutest Stress-Reducer
A study at Washington State University found that just petting a dog for 10 minutes can reduce your cortisol levels, a major stress hormone.

Better than a Treadmill
In a study published in the BMC Public Health journal, dog owners averaged walking 22 minutes more per day than people who do not own dogs. That’s around 167 extra calories burned.

Good for Young and Old Alike
Multiple studies have found that owning a dog improves childhood development by being beneficial to their emotional, cognitive, behavioral, educational and social growth. Studies also found that dogs can help improve cognitive function within senior citizens, mental illness in long-term care and can decrease agitated behaviors in seniors with dementia and improve social interactions.

A Puppy a Day Keeps the Doctor Away
Having a furry best friend can help decrease your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. The American Heart Association says pet ownership reduces heart disease risk factors and increases longevity.

Makes You Popular
A survey found that 40% of pet owners had an easier time making new friends and made them more likely to know their neighbors. Studies have even found that dogs enhance human attractiveness.

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