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3 Reasons Your Dog Actually Helps You Live Longer

By WendyLipscomb. | Dog Info

Always happy, supportive and loving, dogs are no doubt one of the best companions for human as they bring much affection and fun to their lives. It is no hard for these creatures to build a strong unconditional bond with their parents. Owning a dog can be fun for anyone whether you are a small kid, a middle age person or an old man. It is seen that kids who grow with a dog pet tend to build management, emotional and behavioral skills easily. Dogs also help their owners to build self-esteem and make them feel self-worth.

Do you know owning a dog can also increase your lifespan? Let’s explore some reasons how dogs help people to live longer.

Best Friend:

These little furry creatures eliminate isolation for your life by being your best friend and by helping you to make new friends. Usually, it is hard to get up in the morning while feeling lonely. But when you have someone dependent on you for every other thing (Like feeding your dog with best dog food, bathing him, taking him for a walk, etc.), it makes you feel important and self-worthy.

Dogs attuned to your emotions and behaviors in no time. They can even sense when you are sad through your tone and make efforts to make you feel comfortable and happy. For many people, the dog becomes good listeners, and they speak their heart out to them which makes them feel relaxed.

On the other hand, dogs make friends fast. They not only provide you with a chance to take fresh air while going to a park but it is another opportunity for you to socialize with people and make new friends.

Physical Health Benefits:

Dogs are super active animal and have playful nature. They are fond of running, chasing or cuddling. Similarly, they help you to keep moving. Dogs like walks, taking them out every morning or evening does not sound fun for every time. Engaging yourself in such physical activities boost your immune system which further aids in keeping you away from further diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity or type diabetes. Jogging, running or walking with your dog also helps you to build strong lean muscles which also accelerate your self-worth. Not only this, people who have a dog as pets experience fewer allergies.

Mental Health:

Dogs play a role as an anti-depressor for their owners. Coming back home after a tiring day and looking at your dog waiting for you anxiously and waging his tail can bring a smile on your face. They keep your mind occupied and distract you from recalling anything bad.

Do you know touching and moving are two healthy ways to manage mental stress?

As mentioned prior dogs love cuddling this can help in lowering blood pressure which in return relieves your stress. Take some time to feel his warm coat, breath, and radiations and try to relax. In addition to this, oxytocin is a love hormone that is released in the presence of something lovable. Previous studies have proved that pup parents experience more secretion of love hormone which reduces anxiety, feeling of fear and relaxes your mind.

A healthy mind and healthy body is a sign of long life. Hope the above-mentioned information helped you to understand how a dog can help you live longer.

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Wendy is a self-employed beauty therapist, mother of two; life-long pet parent and lover of dogs who somehow manages to squeeze in the time to satisfy another of her loves - writing. Wendy is the founder, main contributor to and editor of


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