Life is Better with a Dog. Simply that. They enrich our lives, they bring joy and they come with some of the most powerful health benefits. Dogs help us make those healthy lifestyle changes which have a positive impact on our mental and physical health and wellbeing.
Dogs need walking on a daily basis, rain or shine. They are just the motivation we need to get up and out on a cold, damp wintery morning and go for a walk when we’d rather hide under the covers. Having a dog in our life, can significantly increase the amount of exercise we do and the time we spend outside in the fresh air, even playing fetch with our dog can make a difference! One of the great benefits of having a dog is that they encourage us to be more active, so whether it’s a walk, run or ramble, our four-legged friends definitely have a positive impact on our physical health.
Dogs are a constant source of companionship and loyalty. After a busy day at work, they are always happy to see us when we return home, joyfully coming to greet us as we open the door. They provide us a with a sense of emotional wellbeing offering company and comfort for adults living alone and a faithful friend for young children. Dogs love company, be that human or hound. They love being part of the family but most of all they love being our best friend.
Reducing Anxiety and Depression
Our furry four-legged friends bring so much joy into our lives and the unconditional love of a dog can have a powerful impact on our mental health. Owning a dog can help improve mood and reduce stress levels and their companionship can offer comfort and help ease anxiety. Playtime and cuddle time with our dogs is so important, it allows us to become more mindful, relaxed and can help to maintain more a positive mental balance. Our days can get so busy so take time out for canine cuddles and appreciate the joy of the present.
Increasing Social Engagement
Owning a dog is a great way to meet new people. Dog walkers are a sociable bunch, you will find that they always say hello and are often very happy to stop and chat about the quirks of their canine companion. Suddenly you will discover places that you never knew existed in your local area, as your daily dog walk takes you to new unexplored areas and introduces you to new people and new experiences.
Creating Structure and Routine
Food, Walkies, Love. Dogs will always need feeding, exercising and care. Looking after a dog helps establish a routine in our daily lives and creates structure which in turn can give us a purpose and sense of achievement making us feel more grounded, focused and happier.
From enjoying a walk in the countryside to appreciating the smaller things in life, our dogs really do know how to lead by example when it comes to happiness.