Anyone that owns a dog knows the love that they give, give, give––it is unconditional. Did you know dogs are good for your health, too? Dogs have been used for many years as a means of therapy in hospitals across the world, and research shows there are many health benefits to owning your own “man’s best friend.”
Better than medicine Dog owners have been found to have fewer heart attacks, lower blood pressure and fewer health problems over all. Many scientists believe this is directly related to the increased activity and laughter that dog owner’s experience.
Boost your mood From my personal experience, I love the feeling when I walk into my house and my four-legged friends are jumping and spinning with excitement. Why don’t my humans do this for me? On a more scientific note, dogs raise your brain levels of dopamine and serotonin, which are neurotransmitters that are associated with pleasure and tranquility.
Help us to be more patient We spend a lot of time training our dogs, sometimes having our patience tested. All the while taking for granted what our furry counterparts teach us: patience, commitment and selflessness.
If you’re looking for a best friend who will love you no matter what, check out your local No Kill Dog Shelters in Dallas. They have great dogs looking to help you out! As many of you know, I personally work with Paws in the City, Duck 6 and Operation Kindness.