10 Science-Based Benefits of Having a Dog

1. Dogs make us feel less alone. Even when you can't, dogs can still be there for your needs. Dogs can be there for you when you are struggling to find your way. A small Australian study found that dogs can reduce loneliness. 

2. Dogs are good for your heart. A dog can make your life more enjoyable. An comprehensive review comparing studies from 1950 to 2019 showed that dog owners have a lower death rate. Dog owners are more likely to have lower blood pressure and better stress responses, according to studies. 

3. Dogs help you stop stressing out. Your dog can be a comforting and calming companion. There are multiple studies that show therapy dogs and dogs can help with anxiety and stress. Petting a dog can reduce blood pressure, heart beat, breathing rate, muscle tension, and slow down breathing.

4. Dogs help us cope with crisi Dogs can help us psychologically recover from a crisis. Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine found that service dogs can help military veterans suffering from PTSD. This is both psychologically and physiologically. 

5. Dogs encourage you to move. Long walks along paths, sidewalks and trails can add up. A 2019 British study found that dog owners are almost four times more likely to follow daily exercise guidelines than non-dog owners. Dog owners spend almost 300 minutes a week walking their dogs. This is 200 minutes more walking each week than for people who don't have a dog.

6. Dogs make you more attractive—even virtually. A dog is a great way to find a date. People may be more attractive and likeable if they have a dog. A series of studies showed that men were more likely than women to have a dog around them when they asked for their number. Another study asked people to rate their photos and found that dogs made people happier and more relaxed.

7. Dogs make us more social. Walking with your dog can help you become more approachable, and can even spark a conversation. Consider how many times you have spoken with people in the past, whether it was your neighbor or new friends at the Dog Park. Researchers found that around 40% of dog owners find it easier to make friends. Dogs can be a great way to meet new people and make new friends.

8. Dogs are so adorable they make us love them It's not hard to believe that puppies are so attractive. A dog's facial features have an " infant schema". These "social releasers," trigger an innate caregiver response within humans. You will be able to stop yourself from watching the dog video again next time.

9. Dogs make us happier A dog can lift your mood by simply looking at it. According to a 2017 study, people with AIDS are less likely than others to experience depression if they have a pet.

10. Dogs help seniors with cognitive function and social interaction Positive results were found in studies that examined the impact of dogs on seniors. One study showed that pet therapy can improve the cognitive function in residents with mental illnesses who are receiving long-term care. Another found significant reductions in the agitated behavior of seniors with dementia and better social interactions.