1. Play Time
Dogs LOVE to play, if you even look at a ball shaped object they are up and begging you to throw it, yet as human adults we can sometimes forget to make the most of the playful moments in life. Dogs don’t care if they’re at the start of their lives or enjoying their golden years, they never forget the importance of play. So, organise that game night, dust off your climbing shoes, play dens with your little ones. Not only is it good for the body, but playing is good for the mind and soul.
2. Accept Yourself
A french bulldog that wishes for the nose of a greyhound… what? Dogs come in all shapes and sizes they accept and appreciate that fact and live happy lives. Humans come in all shapes and sizes too, but sometime our uniqueness can cause us great pain. Take a leaf from your dogs book and just do you! Celebrate your strengths, forgive yourself and shush your inner critic.
3. Get Out
Do need to start hitting your step goal? Owning a dog may be the kick-start you need. A 2011 study found that 60% of dog owners who walked their pets regularly met the recommended criteria for regular exercise. Not only are dogs great for upping your step count they can also help ease anxiety when meeting new people.
4. Stress Busters
Studies have shown that petting a dog or cat can release the oxytocin hormone and decrease levels of the stress hormone cortisol, resulting in a more relaxed state. Incidentally, scientists have confirmed that dogs reap the same benefits from being petted! Dogs have been brought into airports, nursing homes, even school to help relieve stress and pressure.
5. Dogs Make US Awesome
The responsibility, patience, selflessness, and commitment that comes with having a dog makes us stronger, all-around better people.
The dog-human relationship is a two-way street. We’ve heard the phrase, “Who rescued who?” and it’s certainly something to consider. Dogs have proven that they improve our physical and mental health, as well as the health of those around us.
This quote from Marley and Me pretty much sums up how amazing these creatures are:
“A dog has no use for fancy cars, big homes, or designer clothes. A water logged stick will do just fine. A dog doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, clever or dull, smart or dumb. Give him your heart and he’ll give you his. How many people can you say that about? How many people can make you feel rare and pure and special? How many people can make you feel extraordinary?”