Do you get that warm fuzzy feeling after being with Fido?
Spending quality time with your pup can have a positive impact on your overall well-being in so many ways! Check out 5 ways your dog keeps you healthy:
Good For Your Heart
Not only do our four legged friends give us unconditional love but studies show that dog owners have lower blood pressure than those who don’t have a furry companion.
Petting your dog not only feels good for Fido it actually helps lower your blood pressure, stress levels and helps your body to relax. Concentrate on the texture of their soft fur, their warmth and deep breaths. Connecting with your pup in this way releases oxytocin which lowers your stress levels.
Dogs help you connect with others! Do you ever feel more comfortable stopping and talking to someone on the street who has a dog? Owning a dog makes your more approachable and gets you interacting with your neighbourhood and local community. The dog park is the best place for dogs and their humans to sniff each other out. So get up and go for walkies!
A Paw-sitively Better Mood
Spending time with your furry companion is shown to lower stress levels, reduce depression, anxiety and overall increase your energy levels and happiness. Dogs give you a sense of belonging and meaning, building confidence and increasing your mood.
Motivators For Exercise
Dog’s get you outside and improve your circulation! When you’re about to sit down on the couch Fido will be at your feet giving you those puppy dog eyes that just bark “time for walkies mum!”
We all know that dogs need a lot of love and attention but instead of thinking of all the things you do for your dog, take a step back and think about all the amazing things your dog is doing for you. Share your experiences in the comments below!