Owning a dog can bring untold joy and provide numerous health benefits; such as reducing stress, helping to keep you fit and active and improving your mental health. That said, pets are a huge responsibility and not something to be taken lightly. If, however, your life is suited for the extra addition(s) then it could be one of the most rewarding things you do.
There are plenty of reasons why dogs make the best furry, four-legged friends, so we put together a little list.
The best fitness buddies
Having a dog means that there's no excuse for not getting out for a walk at least once a day. Come rain or shine, 'Buster' needs walking and elaborate excuses don't tend to wash with a dog who's busting for exercise and to empty itself.
Ever heard of canicross? Basically, it's cross country running with your dog on a harness attached to a belt around your middle. A new fitness incentive for you and a nice way to break up the monotony of a ball in the park for him/her.
The best listeners
Dogs have an incredible capacity for empathy and compassion which is communicated through their expression and their body language. Also, most dogs love attention and are comforted by the sound of your voice.
Therefore, it's normal to find yourself chatting away to your pooch and enjoying the blissful sensation of being listened to without judgement, or interruption. Talk therapy with the hound is pawsome!
The best laugh
Dogs can be hilarious at times and crack you up with their cute antics. This is one of the best things about having a pooch; you are guaranteed a regular giggle, or at least a smile, and as we know laughter is the best medicine!
The best for families
Those who have been lucky enough to grow up with a family pet will know how magical this companionship can be. Obviously, when looking to get a dog with youngsters in the house you must be extremely careful, as children and pets require constant monitoring.
However, if the child is taught to be respectful of animals and the dog is trustworthy; then the bond between them is likely to be strong, with many a beautiful memory made.