The Benefits of Dog Ownership

Did you know that walking with a dog makes you more approachable?

Dog owner walking dog

It’s true, your dog’s presence invites others to stop and interact. Dogs act as a social lubricant, creating an opportunity to network and make friends. Many couples have met at the dog park or other dog related events.

Dog ownership has health benefits.

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Dogs make us smile


Dogs are instant mood boosters, they make you smile. They offer a source of companionship, giving a sense of peace leading to reduced stress. Petting a dog lowers heart rate and blood pressure, allowing you to relax and be comforted by your pet. Another health benefit is exercise. Dog ownership encourages exercise, which in turn promotes good stress management. When you manage your stress properly, good health follows.

When you own a dog, you’ll never be lonely.

Man's Best Friend
Man’s Best Friend – Photo courtesy of Excel K9

Dog ownership suppresses loneliness. Dogs crave to be part of the pack; they want to be with you. They offer unconditional love and companionship which helps to drive down feelings of depression and loneliness. Nursing home residents reported feeling less lonely when visited by therapy dogs. Some residents confessed to preferring the dog’s company to that of a human; perhaps because dogs are good listeners. It’s interesting to note that one on one encounters produce the best benefits. Everyone likes to be in the spotlight. Dogs put us there and improve our self esteem.

Dogs are a part of the family

Family Dog
Family Dog – Photo courtesy of Excel K9

So there you have it. Dogs make you more popular, improve your health, and boost your self esteem. If you don’t have a dog, consider adopting one. Or at least visit someone who owns a dog, and get a healthy dose of dog today.

Michelle Toth
Author: Michelle Toth

Michelle "Shell" Toth is a lifelong resident of Geauga County and is the owner of Shell's Dog Design in Newbury. She is a member of the International Professional Groomers, Inc. and has 30 years of experience in the pet care industry. Shell's Dog Design is committed to responsible pet care solutions and has a pet style for every lifestyle.