Everyone loves puppies. They are cute, energetic and generally brighten up the room. However, what you may not be aware of is that there are actual health benefits to owning a puppy or dog. Every dog requires a walk and physical activity, like playing fetch. By walking your dog and regularly playing with it, you are forced to engage in more physical activity and spend more time outdoors. These are two healthy activities that are solely missing as the world continues to move to more introverted and digitally occupied lifestyle practices. With this extra activity, playing with your pets will help to decrease the risk of high blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. The more you exercise, the less prone you are to suffer a heart attack and other cardiovascular diseases. Having a dog also helps with making a stronger immune system being exposed to the pet fur and dander. If you have a child and they are raised with a dog in the house, they are less likely to develop an allergy to them.
In addition to the physical health benefits, owning a dog also helps maintain a healthy mental state. Dogs are used for individuals to help manage stress. Petting your dog, playing with your dog and walking your dog are great ways to cope with stress. Veterans managing PTSD and anxious children are two of the groups who experience less stress when in the company of a dog. The energy and positive attitude of the pet will translate over to the owner, allowing them to focus less on the elements of their lives that cause stress. Owning a dog also helps to promote social interaction. If you are walking your dog or playing with it at the beach or dog park, you are more likely to engage in small talk with other dog owners, or people stopping by to admire the cuteness of your pet.
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Credit The Chopra Center