Where would be be without our canine pals? A lot less fit for starters! There’s plenty of evidence to show that owning a dog can improve your physical and mental health. Plus they’re great fun to have around.
Here’s why you should consider getting a dog…
They love reggae
Yes, we know how crazy that sounds, but research has shown that dogs prefer reggae to other genres of music.
Research by the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Biodiversity found that dogs find music with a 10 second repeating refrain the most soothing, but they generally prefer music with 80-100 beats per minute such as Shakira’s ‘Hips don’t lie’.
For the record, they’re not keen on violins, so don’t leave them listening to Classic FM.
Dogs can help you keep fit
Dogs need between 30 minutes and two hours of exercise per day, depending on their needs. It’s an easy way to fit regular exercise into your day.
Owning a dog reduces your chances of getting heart disease
A study in Sweden found that owning a dog can reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 23%. Hurrah!
Dog owners are less stressed
There’s evidence to suggest that dog owners handle stress much better than those who don’t have a dog. When under stress, their blood pressure and pulse rate stays steady.
Dogs prevent you from feeling lonely
Dogs aren’t just great company, they also encourage you to get out more and socialise with others.
Owning a dog can improve your mental health
Just stroking a dog can help reduce anxiety – and dogs love you unconditionally.
Dogs can smell your feelings
Ever wondered how your dog can tell when you’re feeling down? Their noses are 4x more sensitive than ours and your scent changes when you’re sad or stressed.