Did You Know Owning A Dog Could Add Years To Your Life? Here’s How!

 A Puppy a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

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If you’re someone who owns a dog, you already know how much fun they can bring to your daily routine. They are unpredictable, love unconditionally and can sometimes make you want to tear your hair out.

However, despite their unpredictability, having a dog has more benefits than just companionship.

 Enhancing Your Daily Life

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Research has found that owning a dog can enhance your life in many different ways. Some have even gone as far as to say that a dog can add years onto your life.

Here some amazing benefits to owning a dog. Personally, we are all about #5.

 A Four-Legged Mood Booster

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Studies have shown that having a dog in your life can naturally boost your mood. Who can resist the cuddles and licks of a sweet pooch? As far as furry friends go, you’ll find yourself smiling more and in generally better spirits with a dog around.

Well, except for when they decide to tinkle in the house.

 Easy Exercise

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Owning a dog can be a great way to get in daily exercise. A Canadian study revealed that people who owned a dog were likely to walk over 300 minutes per week, compared to non-dog owners who walk roughly 168 minutes per week.

So for those of you wanting an easy way to make your step count, it may be time to invest in a furry friend.

Can Strengthen Bond Between Humans

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One interesting study conducted by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine discovered that people who own dogs tend to have stronger connections socially and in their relationships. Their research found that those who had a strong bond with their pets reported feeling more connected with their communities. Another aspect of the research found that young adults with pets seemed to develop a stronger sense of empathy later in life.

 All-Natural Cancer Detector

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One surprising development in cancer research is the possibility that dogs can detect certain types of cancer. One black lab name Marine is a specially trained dog who can detect if a person has colorectal cancer simply by smelling their breath or stool. Her accuracy rate has been above 91% every single time. We have to think about the possibilities of utilizing dogs could be endless.

 A Simple Look Will Make You Happier

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According to researchers at the Azabu University in Japan, a person’s level of oxytocin ( a hormone that triggers happiness) tends to rise after interacting with a dog. In fact, all someone has to do is look at their dog and they will feel happier! Who knew our pups could be an all-natural anti-depressant?

 Bringing Out the Caretaker in You

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Australian zoologist, Konrad Lorenz believes that a dog’s face posses a type of “infant schema” that triggers a parental or caretaker response in human beings. This type of response is known as a “social releaser” and in some ways could make someone a better parent down the line.

 Dogs Can Calm You Down and Help De-Stress

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The University of Buffalo Psychology Department has found that people who own dogs are less likely to be stressed or anxious. Studies have shown that simply touching or holding a dog can reduce stress levels and even improve one’s heart health.

So the next time you’re feeling stressed, pet your dog. It may help!

 Assist in Psychological Recovery

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It has been proven that dogs can be extremely beneficial for those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). In fact, the program “Paws for Purple Hearts” is designed to connect with soldiers suffering from PTSD with a dog that is trained to help alleviate stress and get their lives back on track.

 Dogs Could Help Prevent Eczema in Children

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A study conducted in 2010 found that children who are allergic to dogs but live with one are less likely to develop the skin condition eczema. However, not all pets provide the same benefit and cats are no exception. The same study found children who were allergic to cats and lived with one were 13 times more likely to develop the skin condition.

 The Perfect Cure for Loneliness

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Loneliness can occur at any age in life, but it is most common among the elderly (age 60 and older). Research has found that owning a dog can reduce the likelihood of loneliness and encourage socialization. In fact, one study found that people who own dogs make fewer trips to the doctor over the course of a year.

Forces You To Engage and Be Social with Others

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One benefit of owning a dog is that it forces you to be social. You are more likely to interact with people when you’re walking a dog in public than simply strolling down the street solo. In fact, not only are dogs great conversation starters, but they can lead to new friendships as well.

 Enhances Potential Dating Prospects

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Are you single and ready to mingle? Maybe having your pooch as your wing-man will increase your prospects. One study conducted in the United Kingdom found that a dog can make people more attractive to potential suitors. Apparently, what type of dog you own can impact first impressions as well. In the study, men found women who owned chihuahuas as “dumb” while women found men who own bulldogs as simply one-night-stands. Pretty interesting, right?

 Your Pooch Helps You Appreciate the Simple Things

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According to new studies, owning a dog can help one appreciate the simpler things in life. In today’s world of smartphones and social media, interaction is usually separated by a screen. However, with dogs, a simple touch, a walk or a cuddle can reinforce a simple connection.

Portable Garbage Disposal

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One great thing about owning a dog is they are the perfect way to dispose of leftovers. While your vet would say feeding your dog human food is a big NO NO, we’ve all done it, right? Plus, they also make great dishwashers as well.

Can Help with Pet Allergies

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If you’re allergic to dogs, it may seem odd to own one, but the truth is some studies have shown certain breeds can actually help improve allergies and even eliminate them altogether. Crazy, right?

Dogs & Autism

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According to a new study, interacting with a pet may help children diagnosed with autism. The study, which was published in the Journal of Pediatric Nursing, found that families that owned a dog had improved social interactions with their child.

“Children with autism may especially benefit from interacting with dogs, which can provide unconditional, nonjudgmental love and companionship,” says the new study’s author, Gretchen Carlisle.

Can Improve Caregiving Development

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When you own a dog, you have to learn to be selfless on occasion because they are 100% dependent on you at all times. They are the perfect trial run for those who are thinking about being parents later in life. If you can survive a puppy crying all night and pooping and peeing everywhere, a baby is going to be a breeze.

Boosts Your Immune System

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New studies have found evidence that owning a dog could help strengthen your immune system. A study in 2012 revealed that enzymes in dog saliva could help improve a human’s immune system to disease. While there isn’t concrete evidence to support this theory 100%, it certainly is an interesting prospect.

Detect Low Blood Sugar Levels

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People with diabetes may not always know when their blood sugar is low. Now, dogs are being trained to medically be able to detect blood sugar levels in humans so they can be reminded to take their insulin. How awesome is that?

Sick Less Often

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One cool side effect of owning a dog is that you will get sick less often. This is due to the fact that dogs are covered in germs, which means your home is being introduced to a diverse array of bacteria almost constantly. Therefore, humans living with dogs tend to fall ill less often than those who live alone and have no children or pets.

Discover More About Your Personality

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A study in England found that there is a very clear connection between people’s personalities and what types of dogs they own. For example, those who own toy dogs tend to be more intelligent, while those who like larger breeds tend to be more conscientious.

Children Become More Empathic

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Recent studies have determined that children who grow up with a pet in their household tend to be more empathetic than those who don’t. The study states, “dogs may help children to regulate their emotions because they can trigger and respond to a child’s attachment-related behavior.” Pretty neat, right?

Grow Old Gracefully

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Studies have found that owning a dog benefits the elderly in a variety of ways. They not only are less stressed, but the companionship helps stave off mental decline in those that are living their golden years alone. It’s even been determined that Alzheimer’s patients have fewer outburst and relapses when they own a dog

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