Having a pet is a major change in your life and you should carefully consider it before giving in to the cuteness of an innocent puppy, kitten, pet rabbit, etc. Taking care of a pet means taking responsibility and adjusting to new routines in your life. Whether it will be changing the litter box of a cat or taking your dog for a walk, these are everyday activities you will have to perform. And, in most cases, you will have to put up with fur. Lots of fur.

But having a pet is a blessing. Everybody who has had a pet at some stage of their life will tell you this. We, pet lovers, feel genuinely sorry for people who have never experienced this adventure in their lives. As someone, whose childhood was enriched both by cats, and dogs (and a guest parrot), I don’t even consider depriving my children of this unfathomable ocean of fun and unconditional love.

When it comes to pets, please don’t count fish and turtles in. If you can’t hug it, it’s not a pet (in my opinion). This leaves us with the furry ones – cats and dogs in most cases. Having a furry friend has so many advantages that you can easily close your eyes for the occasional hair here and there. Having a pet means automatically reducing stress in your life. Having a pet means being the object of unconditional love. Having a pet means discovering how fun it is to play again. Having a pet means you’ll never be lonely.

On top of everything, having a pet can significantly improve your health and the health of your family. Studies have shown that pet owners are less likely to suffer from depression. In addition to this, people who have pets have lower blood pressure, as well as lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels. Moreover, pets don’t just make you healthier, they make you happier.

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It is, however, people with dogs who often experience the greatest health benefits of owning a pet and, since we are dog lovers, we would like to share with you the top 10 reasons why having a dog in your home is obligatory for a better and happier you:

  1. FITNESS – a dog will keep you healthy and help you lose some weight. We all have gone through getting a gym card only to keep it in our purse as a reassurance that we are doing something for the wellbeing of our bodies. There are a million excuses for not going to the gym – we have work to do, dinner to make, we’re not feeling well, we just want to watch some TV… When you have a dog, he/she needs a walk every day. Twice a day. No excuses. It doesn’t matter whether it is hot or cold, sunny or snowy – you will have to overcome your laziness and get some fresh air.
  2. LESS STRESS – nobody can teach you better than a dog one of life’s best lessons – keeping it simple, living for the moment, and moving on. Dogs have this innate ability to reduce stress and teach you how to appreciate the simple things in life and that’s priceless in our hectic lives.
  3. SOCIAL LIFE – just like when you have kids, a dog can be your best weapon if you need new friends. There are always other dog owners at the dog playground that would enjoy the company of a fellow dog lover.
  4. FUN – dogs are extremely funny. They can be funny to degrees beyond your imagination. A dog will make you laugh at least once a day by doing the funniest and the silliest things you can think of.
  5. YOUR BEST FRIEND – this sounds so cliché but it’s true. Dogs’ natural sense of empathy helps them easily recognize even the slightest change in your mood and sympathize with you. Sometimes, when you are feeling down, your fellow humans may not notice your sadness, but your dog will always sense the change in your mood and they’ll come and comfort you. When it comes to expressing positive emotions, dogs are the winners as well – whenever you come home, be sure that your dog will be waiting for you and will greet you with genuine happiness.
  6. PROTECTION – this is usually one of the first things that come to mind when we think of a reason to get a dog. Being extremely loyal and feeling unconditional love to his owner, a dog is a hundred times better as a protector than any weapon.
  7. LESS LONELINESS – we all get lonely sometimes… Having a dog reduces these moments to almost zero. Whether you live alone or your family hasn’t still come home, your dog will always be there for you if you need a companion or someone to talk to. Even though they don’t speak our language, it is surprising how good they are at listening and expressing their emotions.
  8. GREAT CHILDREN’S TEACHERS – dogs can teach your children things like responsibility, compassion, and anger control – these are all lessons worth learning. Moreover, searches show that children with pets have better social skills and self-esteem.
  9. LESS WORK, MORE PLAY – there are studies showing that it takes both less time and less effort to finish your work if you take your dog to the office with you. This means less stress in your workspace and more play with your dog! Dogs love playing and you’ll soon realize that playing with your dog may be as funny as it is for a small child as it is for an old person.
  10. LESS ALLERGIES – it is proven that children who are exposed to dogs in their early years, are less prone to developing allergies and asthma later in their life. Plus, there’s absolutely nothing cuter and endearing than watching your children and your puppy growing up together.

What is your top reason for having a dog from the ones we listed? Is there a reason that is not in the list? Share it with us!

Author: Hristina Dimitrova