Statistics show that people who have pets are less likely to suffer from depression, have lower blood pressure in stressful situations, and even have lower cholesterol levels than do people without pets. So what is it about pets that make us happier and healthier? At Happy Pup Manor, we can’t speak for all pets, but we can speak for dogs! Here are a few reasons that we believe having a dog is a key part of living a happy, healthy, and fulfilling life—
Dogs need a lot of exercise, just like humans! If you’ve been struggling to motivate yourself to get out for at least 30 minutes of walking each day, a dog can help with that! When you are responsible for caring for something else, you’ll find more motivation to take care of yourself, too. And all that exercise means cardiovascular benefits, weight loss benefits, and more.
Even for someone who has a lot of friends or a loving relationship, life can get lonely at times. Having a dog means that you have a constant companion—and one who loves you no matter what!
Walking your dog or heading to the dog park can be a great social opportunity for not only your pup, but you as well! As anyone who has a dog will tell you, a dog is a great conversation starter. You may be surprised by how many people approach you to comment on just how adorable your dog is. Having social relationships is an important part of good health.
When you have a pup, things will likely change a little bit. You may need to walk your dog at certain times, feed them at certain times, and notice that you and Fido fall into a bit of routine together. Having structure and routine in your life is great for your health and wellbeing! Having a consistent routine can help to keep you calm and balanced, because no matter what you’re feeling—stressed, depressed, anxious—your pup is depending on you for food, exercise, and care.
If you have more questions about being a dog owner, including things like where your pup will stay when you’re out of town or what types of training programs are best for pups, feel free to reach out to us directly today. At Happy Pup Manor, we are passionate about the dogs we work with!