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ADVANTAGES OF HAVING A DOG AROUND THE HOUSE

Aside from bringing uncountable moments of joy and happiness to the occupants of the house and offering cuddly, uncompromising companionship in even the darkest moments, there are plenty of less obvious advantages of having a dog around the house.

YOU WILL DO MORE EXERCISE AS A RESULT

Although it may not sound enticing in the colder months during a rainstorm, walking your dog several times a way provides designated time for exercise in many owner’s busy lives. All new dog owners envision walking their canine purely because it is of benefit for the dog, but after less than a month they realise that these walks are just as beneficial to them. They offer moments of peace and clarity, along with regular exercise and a break from the madness of home, work and living in the modern world.

YOU DON’T GET SICK AS OFTEN

Studies have found that being exposed to the host of germs that a dog brings builds up an immunity to many kinds of bacteria commonly found in the home. Children who grow up in a house with pets, get ill less frequently and will have a stronger immune system than those who live in a spotlessly clean, germ-free household. This manifests itself as shorter hospital stays, fewer doctors’ visits and lower risk of heart disease in dog owners.

CANCER DETECTION

Believe it or not, but a dog’s sense of smell is so acute, many dog owners have claimed their dog had the ability to detect their cancer. Owners have reported dogs sniffing excessively and licking areas which later turned out to be cancerous.

THEY DETECT CARBON MONOXIDE LEAKS

Not only can a dog help detect a potential healthcare, but there have also been reports of dogs waking their owners up in the middle of the night and alerting them to carbon monoxide leaks. Lassie may just be an old TV show, but the life-saving capacity of dogs is certainly not fiction.

CHILDREN EXPOSED TO DOGS AT A YOUNG AGE ARE MORE EMPATHETIC

Children who are exposed to dogs are more empathetic according to a recent study. Bizarrely the results showed no link between a rise in empathy and cat ownership, but among dog owners, there was a clear correlation.

AND ELDERLY PEOPLE ARE COMFORTED

Alzheimer’s patients reported less stressful episodes brought on by the illness when there was a dog living in the house. Many caregivers proclaim that elderly patients experience significantly less distress and loneliness when there is a dog around the house.

A THRIVING SOCIAL LIFE

The dog community is one of the most social and welcoming communities on the planet. Every time you set foot out your door with your pooch it is only a matter of time before you strike up a conversation with another enthusiastic dog owner. If you move to a new area or are looking to meet new people in your own area, there are few better ways than to chat to other dog owners and get to know a few friendly faces.

Keeping a dog around the house offers deep and tangible benefits to everyone living in the house, from mental, to health benefits and security. Whatever reason you choose to get a dog, you can be sure their presence will affect you in ways you never even imagined.

 


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Philip Wallis
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Philip grew up with a family of pet lovers. He particularly loves dogs and is sharing his experience with OnDECK by DINGA.