We are sitting writing this as our Maltese, Blake, is sleeping on our lap. So, you can imagine why we are huge advocates on owning a dog. (Look at that Bow-tie!) We are here to tell you why you need one, desperately- and places you can go to adopt one!
Scientists have proof that dogs make us laugh more than cats, keep us more active than the average human companion, and even reduce our chances of depression. We can tell you very confidently that it is very hard to be depressed or mop around the house when we have this face staring back at us.
Dogs make us laugh more.
People who own dogs laugh more, according to a study published in the journal Society & Animals. Researchers asked people who owned dogs, cats, both, or neither to record how often they laughed over the course of a day. Those who owned just dogs and both dogs and cats recorded laughing more than the other two groups.
They are loyal, always.
Stephen Zawistowski, a science adviser at the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, says that dogs see their human owners as fellow members of their pack and form the same close bond with their owners as they would with their canine brothers and sisters.
Dogs might even protect us from poor health.
Children born into households with a dog have a lower risk of developing asthma and allergies, the reason being dust. A study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed that when exposed to dust from households where dogs were permitted inside and outside, mice developed an altered community of microbes in their gut that protect against allergens. It was reported that these microbes could be what's protecting young children from developing allergens in households with dogs.
Michigan State University reported that 60% of dog owners who took their pets for regular walks met federal criteria for regular moderate or vigorous exercise.
Elderly people who walk their dogs actually have a more regular exercise routine and are more physically fit than the elderly who walk with other people, according to a study published in the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services.
They save our lives.
Dogs can also help humans by acting as an early warning system for patients who suffer from seizures. Trained dogs can sense the onset of a seizure up to 15 minutes before it occurs and will bark when this happens, which then warns the patient to sit so to prevent injury from falling down.
Dogs are great companions for anyone, but especially for the elderly. The Journal of Social Psychology showed that elderly who owned a dog reported feeling more satisfied with their social, physical, and emotional state than those without a dog.
In a study that measured oxytocin levels from two groups of dog owners, the group that was instructed not to look directly at their dog had lower oxytocin levels than the other group that made regular eye contact.
Another study found that dog owners who relied on their dogs for social fulfillment reported that "they were less depressed, less lonely, had higher self-esteem, were happier, and tended to experience less perceived stress."
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