The Mental Health Benefits of Bonding with your Dog

Have you ever been out walking your dog, realizing that day in and day out you’re caring for this small creature, and what is it that they give back? Sure they are cute, and they greet you with such love when you get home. But really what’s in it for you?

In fact your pet is doing a lot of good for you, without even realizing it. Owning a pet has proven to provide health benefits to people on a mental, physical and social level.

Studies have found that introducing pets to young children has actually proven to improve their immune system and make them less likely to have pet allergies when older, pretty cool!

The responsibility of owning a pet is a great task, but it comes with a lot of fun too, going for walks, playing at the park, there is always an activity your dog is up for, this increase in physical activity helps you maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.

Being out and about with your pet is also a great way to meet people, and can create a sort of icebreaker. So go for it newly single, Minnesota transplant to LA, talk to that girl who goes to the same running trail as you, you’ve got your dog as a wing man!

Speaking of matters of the heart, but on a more literal note, a new study is actually linking healthier heart and lower risk of heart attack to pet owners. This is due to the decreased blood pressure that occurs when we bond with our pets. This also goes for people who have previously had a heart attack, interacting and bonding with a pet, can decrease your chances of another heart attack.

So next time you come home and your dog wants a treat or a belly rub, or when you’re literally carrying a tiny bag of your dog’s waste, just keep in mind all of the benefits of this bond, and give him a treat, that relationship is beneficial for the both of you!

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