Actually we know way more than 9 reasons to get a dog – we have about 500 gorgeous reason at the Bogrov shelter. Of course, when we say “get a dog” we mean adopt one. There are way too many homeless animals and every adopted one is a life saved.
Our friends from DogTrust have 9 reasons, more connected to your health, to get a dog.
- Dog owners make fewer visits to their doctors
- Owning a dog can help reduce stress and anxiety
- Owning a dog can help reduce blood pressure – a number of studies have shown that pet owners have better cardiac parameters including blood pressure and cholesterol, compared to people without animals. Also, people who have had a heart attack, who have pets live longer than those without through the same experience, but no dog.
- Owners who walk their dogs are healthier than non-dog owners – they always have company to workout with during the weekend. A dog is always ready for a walk, run, bike ride or throwing frisbee in the park. And even if you don’t want to work out, you still have to walk your dog.
- Dogs can help the development of children with autism and children with learning difficulties – research shows that dogs lower the levels of stress in kids with autism and help them develop their communication skills.
- Owning a dog can boost your immune system – recent researches show that kids of families with dogs are less likely to suffer of eczema.
- Dog owners are likely to recover quicker from heart attacks.
- Dogs can help safeguard against depression
- Trained dogs can detect a variety of health conditions – including epileptic fits, cancerous tumours and hypoglycaemia (low blood glucose)