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