Congratulations on adopting a new four legged member of your family!

It is certainly true that all the love you put in, puppies will give you back ten-fold. However, owning a dog can be hard work and having a dog is a big commitment that should be carefully considered.

Alaskan malamute puppy against whiteMark Twain once said:

“The more I know about people, the better I like my dog.”


As well as companionship,  there is evidence of genuine health benefits for puppies and thier owners.

So why do dogs make such good pets?

  • Regular dog-walking improves fitness levels, and improved fitness can prevent many different health problems.
  • Dog walking increases social interaction – many people become friends with the fellow dog owners they regularly meet, which can therefore reduce loneliness or feelings of isolation.
  • Walks help to forget the stresses and strains of everyday life, providing valuable time out when you can get away from it all and spend some time with a faithful friend.
  • Dogs provide us with a sense of emotional well-being thanks to the unconditional love they give.
  • They provide companionship for people who live alone.
  • Dog owners generally have a more robust immune system, helping them to stave off illnesses. In fact, dog owners visit the doctor less frequently and are less likely to be on medication.
  • Dog owners generally have lower blood pressure and cholesterol than non-dog owners.
  • Owning a dog and the human-dog bond can reduce stress.
  • Pet-owning children have fewer days off school due to sickness.

1334860_labrador_puppyBesides, on top of all these serious benefits, dogs are also great fun! They can make you laugh, especially when you’ve had a horrid day, and they are always there for a reassuring hug when you need it. With a dog there is always someone pleased to see you when you get home and on even a cold or wet day you can’t say no when your dog expectantly hands you the lead, tail wagging furiously!