Heart health is a very serious topic in the United States. With one out of every three deaths being caused by such an illness, we see this as the most significant aspects to why and how dogs change lives. Even, the act of petting a dog lowers heart rate and blood pressure. People who own dogs are shown to get better sleep at night. Other studies show pet owners have slightly lower cholesterol and are more likely to survive a heart attack if they have one.
Yes, other pets have positive effects on your overall health, it is dogs that have the added benefit of needing to be walked. They need to be played with numerous times a day leading to an increase in activity and loss in weight for us humans. This means that many dog owners are getting 30 minutes of exercise a day, lowering their risk of cardiovascular disease. Dogs change lives significantly with something as little as 30 min. of activity.
A Better Social Life – Increased Happiness
Dogs definitely increase happiness, but a better social life too?! Polls have shown that people with dogs are trusted more than those without out. People walking dogs are even more trusted more than just random people walking on the street and are more likely to go up and interact with them. Even if you live alone, having a dog has the same emotional benefit as that of a human friendship. Dogs change lives by helping other human interactions, makes more sense when looking at it through the lens of a stranger walking down the street, doesn’t it?
Cancer Detectors – Dogs Change Lives With This ‘Trick’
Dog’s have the ability to smell cancer cells in human bodies. The anecdotal evidence was later backed up by scientific studies. Dogs are so good at this that some of them are trained to detect cancer.
Decreases Stress At Work
It’s no secret that companies are beginning to understand the full benefits of bringing a dog to work. Studies show that people who interact with a pet while working have lower stress levels throughout the day, while people who do not bring a pet see their stress levels increase over time. Dogs in the office also lead to people taking more breaks, to play with or walk the dog. Movement throughout the day helps energize people when they return to work. In turn, has been shown to lead to much greater job satisfaction and productivity.
So I say adopt a dog! If you have a testimony as to how your dog changed your life, I would love to hear from you please email me at Sam@Waggles.com