In honor of Happy Take Your Dog to Work Day—yes, it’s an official day created in 1999 by Pet Sitters International—I wanted to share five ways dogs (OK pets, but I’m a dog person!) make you healthier, according to WebMD.
1. Dogs Give You a Healthier Heart
Dog owners have lower blood pressure than people who don’t have dogs. This is likely attributed to the fact that they walk more. I can attest to this. I walk my dogs every day. It’s a part of my routine and one of the most enjoyable parts of my day.
2. Dogs are Great Stress-Busters
Petting your dog can lower your blood pressure, too. It also cuts down on the levels of stress hormones in your body and releases a relaxation hormone. If I’m stressed, I’ll sit down on the floor with my dogs and just pet them, and I can literally feel myself calming down. Plus, petting does double duty—it also soothes your pet!
3. Dogs Encourage Social Interaction
Dogs help you connect with people. How often do we talk to total strangers when we’re walking down the street or through the park? Rarely, right? But add a dog to the equation and everything changes. Dogs invite social interaction. I’ve met so many nice people while out walking my dogs or hanging out at the dog park. As an introvert, my dogs open me up in a way that’s totally comfortable. And, as someone who works at home alone all day (well except for the dogs!) this is a very good thing!
4. Dogs Make You Happier
Studies show that people with dogs are generally happier. Anyone who has a dog will attest to this. How can you not be happy when watching all the silly things dogs do? Plus, I dare you not to smile with your heart when you see those adorable puppy dog eyes and that wagging tail!
Oh, and dog owners are also more trusting and visit the doctor less.
5. Dogs Improve Your Immune System
Well, for babies at least. Studies show that babies raised with pets are less likely to develop allergies and asthma. They also have fewer colds and ear infections.
So, there you go, five great reasons to own a dog. Not only will they add more joy to your life, they just might add a few years, too!
By the way, I take my dogs to work with me everyday. I’m fortunate to work from home, so they’re always there, with Chance usually sleeping in my office and Hope just outside my office door in the living room.