February 17, 2019
We all know dogs are considered human’s best friend. And we love our pets a lot. Whether you have a dog or cat they are so joyful to around. And they really make feel less stressed when you feeling down.
But aside from the obvious loyal companion perks; our furry, four-legged friends provide many little known health benefits—that range from lowering the risk of heart disease to heightening immune strength.
So here’s to giving a much-deserved scratch behind the ears to our lovable Dalmatians, loyal Labrador retrievers, pint-sized poodles, and every mutt in between for the following health advantages of ownership.
Health Benefits Associated with Having Pets
Whether you’ve grown up with pets or recently adopted one, you may already know how beneficial sharing your home with a furry friend can be. From enhancing social skills and staying active to decreasing the risk of depression and teaching responsibility, sharing your home with a furry companion offers numerous health benefits.
Pets, Especially Dogs, Keep You Active
You may be tempted to come home after a long day at work and sit down on the couch, but if you come home to an excited pooch, chances are you’ll take him or her for a walk instead. The Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have both conducted studies that prove pet owners exhibit decreased blood pressure and cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which can minimize the risk of having a heart attack.
Exercising your dog doesn’t have to be limited to walking. Agility training, jogging, biking, rollerblading, hiking, and even doga (Yoga with dogs) are all great activities that will keep both you and your dog active and healthy
You can Beat the Blues With Your Pet
Who can resist a purring kitten or wagging tail? There’s a reason why animals are used in hospitals, schools, and nursing homes for animal-assisted therapy. Studies have shown that animals can reduce tension and improve mood. Not only do they offer unconditional love, pets offer companionship if you’re feeling lonely or you need motivation to get out of the house. They don’t judge or critique your actions—they simply want to be with you. If you’ve had a bad day at the office or you’ve had an argument, a pet can distract you and help you redirect your feelings to shake your bad mood off.
Get Great Health Benefits from Having a Pet
Exercise can be mundane and boring. For some, venturing to the local gym to workout isn’t enough encouragement. A four-legged fitness buddy may be exactly what you need to get off the couch and out the door. Here are seven ways to get exercise with your dog that will make you both happy.
Walking With your Pets
And aside from companionship, most dog owners welcome a dog into their family to have a walking companion. Brisk walking is a great way for both dog and owner to get some exercise. Not only does is lead to a strong heart, lower blood pressure, denser bones, and more energy, it’s a great way to bond with your pooch.
You can enlist the help of a dog trainer can teach you and your dog how to walk nicely on a leash without pulling. There is no rule as to how far you should walk, but make sure if you have a puppy, that you build up the duration of the walk gradually.
If your dog is with you on a walk or you’re sharing a story about your house cat, pets can be an icebreaker in any social setting. Pets provide a common denominator when chatting with other pet owners or animal lovers.
And the people who are socially awkward or introverted and have a hard time meeting and getting to know people, a friendly dog saying hello can be all it takes to start a conversation. Visiting a local dog park, taking obedience classes or walking in the neighborhood provides ample opportunities for both you and your dog to interact with two and four legged friends.
Tips for Summer Exercise with Your Dog
Research tells us that working out with a buddy not only increases the incentive for exercise, but also keeps us accountable to our fitness goals. Whoever said that your partner in runs had to be two-legged instead of 4-legged?
And also, running with your most loyal friend is a great way to bond and get outdoors for some decent daily exercise to boot! Plus, Fido won’t likely complain the entire time about his or her spouse. Here are seven tips to keep in mind when taking your precious pooch along for a run.
For the safety of your pet, you, and passersby, your dog should always be leashed when you’re running in a public space (i.e., parks, beaches, community trails). Not only will a leash ensure your dog doesn’t travel underfoot and trip you up during a run—it will also ensure your pet keeps pace with you and doesn’t wander off.
And if you own a retractable leash, leave it at home or lock in the distance at roughly 6-feet so you don’t leave too much distance between you and your pet. Too much space could lead to your pet getting tangled under other people, kids, pets, and cyclists on route, which poses a safety hazard.
It’s easy to get dehydrated on a long run, especially if on days when it’s particularly hot and humid outside. That’s why you should ensure you and your 4-legged running buddy stay properly hydrated before, during, and following your workouts.
If you run long distances with your dog, bring a water bottle along for the trek. This way you can prevent your pet from drinking from contaminated puddles and dirty lakes or ponds. Believe me, if he or she is thirsty enough, a dog will drink from almost anywhere and could get sick without a clean water source available.
You Will Have to Poop and Scoop
Despite the fact that you’re in the middle of a workout, you still have several responsibilities as a pet owner. One of your primary obligations is to follow “poop and scoop” regulations in accordance with your city laws (and in compliance with being a respectful human being).
Chances are, thanks to gravitational pull and when he or she last chowed down, that your canine pal might need to make a pit stop along your running route to do some business. That means you’ll need to carry the proper disposal materials (poo bags) along with you so you can do your “doodie” duty. Treat your pet with the utmost respect.