Tis the season to be grateful! Dogs can be a daily source of happiness, but as we move through our routines we may forget to stop and appreciate them for all that they’re worth. Dogs have many great attributes and can be such a positive influence on their owners, from emotional to physical aspects. With the end of the year approaching, there’s no better time to slow down (and crouch down!) to snuggle your favorite four-legged friend and think about the all the ways they help make the world a better place. Keep reading for our Top 5 Reasons to be thankful for dogs.
If you’re experiencing high levels of stress, it’s time to hang out with your dog. People with dogs are less likely to suffer from depression, and can even be attributed to helping lower blood pressure. Studies have also shown that people with dogs have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than those without. In short, when the going gets ruff, get going on spending time with your pet.
Activity: What’s good for the pet is good for the person.
Dogs need exercise to stay healthy, just like their owners. So every time you step outside to walk or play fetch with your dog, you’re being active as well. According to a study at the Wellness Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital Chicago, people who walk their dog regularly shed unwanted pounds and create daily, healthy habits that affect the owner and the pet positively.
Dogs are wonderful pets, but they’re also wonderful workers. Most have seen cute but focused doggos in the supermarket with “service dog” coats on – these hard working pups assist with a wide range of needs. Therapy dogs provide emotional support, and can be trained and sent to live with a person or stay with a trainer and visit folks in hospitals. Search and rescue dogs, police dogs, and detection dogs are more examples of careers canines. Being thankful for dogs spans the personal and professional spectrum.
If you’re a person that struggles with forging new friendships, you’ll likely already be grateful for the people you’ve met thanks to your dog. Shyness can affect all of us at one time or another, but oftentimes a dog can help break the ice and serve as a conversation starter.
All you need is love
With all of these reasons to love our pets (even more), it will be easy to find reasons to be thankful our dogs. Dogs help our moods, give us affection, and are daily reminders that all you need is love. Wishing you all a wonderful Thanksgiving and holiday season!
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