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10 Benefits of Having a Dog

 
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. February 5, 2017
10 Benefits of Having a Dog

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Dogs are certainly out best friends; living with a dog will create a deep bond between the two of you, and you'll share a relationship that will bring you many mental and physical benefits. If you have children at home, having a dog will help them learn about commitment, responsibility and caring.

In this AnimalWised article we'll explain all the benefits that you can get should you decide to adopt a dog and enjoy life by their side. Read on and discover the 10 benefits of having a dog; we hope we will convince you to adopt a dog from a shelter or pound, as they really need you.

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You will never feel alone

Whether you live alone or not, your dog will be the first to greet you when you get home - even if you have only been out for 30 minutes. Your dog will be the happiest to see you return, and they will show it to you by covering you with kisses, getting excited and even a friendly bark.

Dogs do not enjoy being alone; the best gift you can give them is your return. Sometimes, if they are left alone for too long, dogs may develop separation anxiety. Having a dog has many benefits, but you should not get one if you cannot spend enough time with them.

10 Benefits of Having a Dog - You will never feel alone

Dogs help you get fit

Dogs need to be walked! Some very nervous ones even need active exercise with you to keep fit and release stress or anxiety. If you are an active person and enjoy taking care of your body, having a dog will help. If you have sedentary habits, having a dog will bring you many health benefits and make you get moving.

Depending on the age and type of dog you adopt they will have one set of exercise needs or another. Stay with us at AnimalWised and discover how often should you walk your dog.

10 Benefits of Having a Dog - Dogs help you get fit

Dogs will make you laugh

Dogs are very funny animals: watching them communicate with each other and howl when they hear an ambulance is truly funny. If you decide to adopt a dog you will certainly enjoy a lifelong partner with whom you can laugh non-stop every day of your life.

When a dog trusts you, they will let you do almost anything - even dress them up in Star Wars costumes, for instance! Your dog may even become an Instagram or YouTube star - keep your camera at hand!

10 Benefits of Having a Dog - Dogs will make you laugh

You will enjoy training them

If you are among those who are always amazed at seeing a trained dog, do not hesitate further and adopt one. Dogs are very intelligent animals, able to learn many different commands and tricks. Of course, it depends on the dog; there are very intelligent dogs while others are stubborn and do not learn as fast.

Besides being a fun activity, training will help you learn to communicate with your dog, ensure their safety and teach them fun tricks that will make all your friends laugh.

10 Benefits of Having a Dog - You will enjoy training them

You will learn about responsibility

Dogs are creatures of habit: they need stability to be happy, peaceful and complete. For that reason, if you have a child who needs to learn about responsibility, a dog will be your greatest ally. Take a look at our guidelines and tips on teaching a child to care for a pet and get to work!

Just remember that a dog is an animal that needs to be treated with respect and affection. Before bringing home any animal you must explain your children how to play with them and why it is so important not to harm or pester them. Discover the best 6 dog breeds for kids before making up your mind!

10 Benefits of Having a Dog - You will learn about responsibility

You will not need an alarm in your house

Although by nature some types of dog are more vigilant than others, the truth is that any dog that feels that a place is "theirs" will alert you to the presence of strangers. However, remember that a dog should not be used as a tool; even if you train your dog as a guard, they are still must be treated with all respect and care.

10 Benefits of Having a Dog - You will not need an alarm in your house

Your dog will wake you up every morning

Dogs are almost like clocks. Once they get used to your personal routine you will notice that they start waking you up in the morning, reminding you to take them out for a walk or that it is time to eat. One of the benefits of having a dog is that you also get a personal assistant!

10 Benefits of Having a Dog - Your dog will wake you up every morning

You will enjoy grooming them

That is right - brushing your dog regularly and dressing them up in pretty collars will require all your attention and creativity. You may even surprise yourself paying more attention to your dog's looks than your own! At first grooming your dog can be a bit difficult, but it is part of their basic hygiene routine, and once you get used to it you'll look forward to their brushing.

10 Benefits of Having a Dog - You will enjoy grooming them

Your dog will be your children's best friend

Many people are afraid about how a dog will react to the arrival of a baby or how they will relate to children in general. With the exception of very specific cases, dogs are certainly the best friends that your children could have.

Dogs have a sixth sense and understand that these are "human puppies", and so they usually treat the little ones with patience and kindness. However, before bringing a dog home or before the birth of a baby you should first read our tips to prevent jealousy between a dog and a child.

10 Benefits of Having a Dog - Your dog will be your children's best friend

Your heart will warm more to animals

Once you have a dog in your life your heart will change forever. You will feel more involved in the world of animals and will not understand how animal abuse can exist in the society in which we live. Dogs show more "human" qualities than some people out there - they don't differentiate between classes or looks; your dog will love you for who you are.

10 Benefits of Having a Dog - Your heart will warm more to animals

These are 10 of the benefits of having a dog. Have we missed any? Tell us about your experience of having a dog in the comments section!

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