Dog owners around the world will tell you their life is better with a dog. After all, dogs are man’s best friend! While some may say it is a matter of opinion, scientists have conducted studies that PROVE dogs are beneficial to our lives!
You’ll have a more active social life
According to studies, people with dogs are deemed more trustworthy. In fact, a 2015 study published in PLOS found that dogs can help spark new relationships and keep them thriving. With so many dog walking groups and play parks popping up all over the country, we’re definitely not surprised!
You’ll get sick less often
With the amount of cleaning products out there on the shelves it’s amazing we still get ill. But that’s the issue! By disinfecting everything we are making ourselves sicker; our bodies are exposed to less and less germs and affecting our immunity to germs and microbes that cause the common cold or worse. Fortunately, dogs are covered in germs making more diverse bacteria enter your world, improving your immune system. In turn, dog people were found to become ill less frequently and less severely than people with no pets.
You’ll be healthier
While we’ve already talked about the benefits dogs have to your mental health (https://www.petstay.net/mental-health-benefits-dogs/), you may be surprised to hear that they’re also beneficial to your physical health. Just petting a dog can lower your heart rate and blood pressure. One 2017 study in China found a link between owning a dog and a reduced risk of coronary artery disease, while another showed pet owners had lower cholesterol and were more likely to survive a heart attack.
You’ll get more exercise
It’s true that when you think about owning a dog you think about dog walking. It is believed that people with dogs actually get 30 minutes more exercise a day than those without. Of course, exercise is beneficial to your health and can help boost your mood even when it’s raining.
You’ll be happier
No, it’s true! Studies have found that spending time with an animal can increase your level of the hormone oxytocin, a neurotransmitter released in the brain that reduces fear and increases trust. In fact, dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression. Even for those who suffer from a mental illness, a dog can help them out of instances of low mood. And of course, the love we receive from a dog can help people stay positive.
Even if you can’t take on the responsibility of owning a dog full time, you shouldn’t have to miss out on the positive benefits they can have on your life. As a PetStay carer, you can take care of a guest dog in your own home and be paid for it while also maintaining complete flexibility in your life.