Have you been putting off the thought of getting a dog for years and years? You’ve always wanted a little pooch, a pair of happy eyes greeting you every time you come home from work and a tail that can’t hide true excitement? Dogs are incredibly beneficial to your lifestyle and your health, which far outweighs the cost of buying and maintaining a life for your furry friend. So many families will wait until they have children before they consider adding another messy and noisy member to the family. Yes, it is one more mouth to feed, but a family dog helps with some aspects of parenting. It will teach your kids to be more respectful and mindful of other living things and your social life will increase too. The only question is, what could tip you over the edge to finally buy a pet dog?
A stronger immune system
As you know, dogs are smelly little creatures. That’s because they are seething with bacteria and lots of germs. However, if you were to have a dog around the house, that doesn’t mean you would become sick more often. In fact, it’s scientifically proven that your immune system becomes stronger. In the real world, the more sterile and ‘cleaner’ you make your living surroundings, the weaker you become. Essentially, being surrounded by bacteria and germs at some level, keeps your immune system fighting fit. Dogs are that ‘some level’ as they will roll around in the mud, lick themselves in awkward places and they love to gnaw on bones and raw meat. Having a dog around the house means you will be surrounded by different types of bacteria, giving your immune system a new challenge. The end result is, you will be sick less often and that’s always a good thing. Your children gain a massive advantage over other children in this regard. Their immune system will develop at a quicker pace and they’ll be able to fight off sicknesses that hamper children especially such as the flu.
Out and about
Most dogs need to be taken for a walk at least once a day. Inherently, if you give your dog what he or she wants, you’ll slowly become fitter yourself. Dogs have boundless energy and that is bound to rub off on you. They want to run around and be free, chasing balls and playing fetch. The happiness they express when they are getting a workout, makes you want to take them out for a walk or run, more often. If you know you need to lose some weight and start to live a healthier lifestyle, a dog is the ultimate workout buddy. They’re always positive willing you to go harder each time you run or perform aerobics. They will help to lift your heart rate to the right amount so you burn calories consistently. Going out for a morning walk or jog with your dog, will be a routine both of you enjoy. Dogs have an internal alarm clock, so they will come and wake you up if you oversleep.
A mental companion
It’s a tough old world out there, with many different challenges that can make us feel depressed. It’s quite common for human beings to be less affected by life’s hurdles and feel far less depressed when they have a dog. A dog doesn’t live in the same world as we do, mentally speaking. Their main concern for the day is, finding that bone they buried last week and running as fast as they can in the park. A dog brings life’s concerns back down to earth and gives you a new perspective on things. Human beings are less likely to feel depressed when they have a mental companion such as a dog. The interactions you have with your lovable furry friend, help you to stay positive and increases the amount of oxytocin in your brain, which is the ‘feel good’ chemical.
Representing your personality
It’s easy to see dogs in their own light. However, the dogs we choose to get are almost always a reflection of our personality. If you’re someone who is small but full of beans, then get yourself a Yorkshire terrier. If you’re stout and strong, move a bit slow but you’re ultimately laid back, a British bulldog would suit you. If you are versatile, flexible and fit, then get yourself the classic labrador retriever. If you’re searching for puppies for sale, these Labrador puppies have been bred to a high standard. The breeder offers a lifetime of support as well as a 4-year written lab health guarantee. They assure their customers they don’t do any lab inbreeding or line breeding at all. The parents and grandparents have been health tested. These labs have also been reared on super-premium food so they grow up big and strong.
These are the types of things you should be looking for in all your searches. Make sure that the dog that represents your personality, has been taken care of properly since birth. Otherwise, a dog that should have a particular kind of personality, will be missing that spark because of their upbringing.
Pounding through work hours
It’s common knowledge that a dog at work makes everything better. Dogs are known to bring calm to even the most energetic personalities and that’s exactly why so many entrepreneurs are using an office dog. They allow employees to relax and take things easy in their minds, so rather than panic or worry about a situation, they can think clearly and operate more effectively. If you own a business, you should bring your dog to work with you and allow him or her to be the mascot around the office. People report having higher job satisfaction too because their stress levels are far lower than at previous jobs they’ve worked. It also helps to have a dog around a creative environment because they can help to break the deadlock. Dogs are therapeutic for some people that have gone through trauma, which is extremely helpful for employees that are going through issues in their personal lives.
Enjoying quiet time
We should all take the time to be alone with our thoughts more often. In far too many situations, we enter without any foresight or game plan which always ends working against us. Thus, taking the time to relax on a Sunday morning, alone with your dog, enjoying a cup of coffee could be another way of meditating. Because your dog is with you, you won’t necessarily be doing nothing. Stroking their fur, playing with their ears and letting their lick your hand gently, allows your brain to be in a cruise control mode. Your body is still moving slightly, but you’re away with the fairies, thinking about different aspects of your life. Whether you just need some time to think about your taxes, friendships, holiday plans or work challenges, a dog is a great friend to have with you during some quiet time.
An emotional pillow
When you’re going through a breakup, having your dog with you can really cheer things up. They can sense when you’re happy or sad, so a dog will come to your aid and try to comfort you when you’re going through a divorce or relationship spat. Dogs are a man’s best friend for a reason, they’re always there when you need them.
This year should be the year that you finally buy a dog and invite a furry friend into your household. He or she will make your children happier and stronger, as well as be there for you during tough times.