10 SCIENCE-BASED BENEFITS OF HAVING A DOG  

Dogs can be there for you even when people can’t. They offer unconditional love, emotional support, and constant cuddles that help stave off social isolation.

Dogs Make Us Feel Less Alone

Owning a dog can help you live longer. A comprehensive review of studies published between 1950 and 2019 found that dog owners had a lower risk of death.

Dogs Are Good for Your Heart

Your canine companion can offer comfort and ease your worries. Multiple studies show that dogs and therapy dogs help relieve stress and anxiety.

Dogs Help You Stop Stressing Out

Veterans with a service dog had significantly fewer symptoms of PTSD and showed improved coping skills.

Dogs Can Help Us Cope in Times of Crisis

Dog owners spend nearly 300 minutes every week walking with their dogs. That’s 200 more minutes of walking than people without a dog of their own.

Dogs Encourage You to Move

If you’re looking for a date, it might be time to get a dog. A dog’s presence may make people appear more likable and attractive.If you’re looking for a date, it might be time to get a dog. A dog’s presence may make people appear more likable and attractive.

Dogs Make You More Attractive

Researchers have found that about 40% of dog owners had an easier time making friends. Dogs can provide the perfect way to get to know strangers and form new friendships.

Dogs Make Us More Social

There’s a reason why puppies are so irresistible. A dog’s facial features possess an “infant schema.” These “social releasers” can trigger an innate caregiver response in humans.

Dogs Are Made to Be Irrestible

Just looking at a dog can lift your spirits. A 2009 study in Japan found that staring into your dog’s eyes can raise your level of oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone.”

Dogs Make Us Happier

One study found that pet therapy can improve the cognitive function of residents in long-term care with mental illness.

Dogs Can Have Positive Effects

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