Sheila finds that being a pet parent is a great way to stay healthy and happy.
Our adopted mixed-breed poodle/terrier, Belle, celebrated her fourth birthday last week. She and her sister, Pepper, an AsPin (a Philippine local mixed breed) give us so much joy, and they’re such wonderful additions to our little family.
Like us and thousands of couples all over the world, you might also be in a phase where you’re hoping for your own little miracle to happen. Waiting for that stage when a little person actually changes everything in your life—from your waking hours, to your ability to fix your hair or drink your coffee on time, to your financial priorities and so on—a breathtaking miracle that could turn your world upside-down (in a good way). While you wait, have you mulled over the idea of actually adopting a pet dog?
Here are five reasons why I think it's great to have dogs in the house if you’re trying to conceive.
1. You Learn to Be Dependable
To train you for parenthood, having a pet dog in the house teaches you to be more dependable. Adopting your own dog means you will be responsible and in charge of another life. A life that would rely on you for many things, including: feeding it twice or thrice a day; giving it a bath; scheduling and bringing it to the groomers; taking it to vet for vaccines and regular check-ups; giving it medicine and care for it when it's sick; and walking it every day and more.
According to canine researcher Stanley Coren of the University of British Columbia, it’s interesting that some behavioral measures indicated that dogs’ mental abilities are close to a human child aged around two years old. So it will be similar to taking care of a baby until it grows into a toddler—at least in terms of intelligence.
It surely is not going to be a walk in the park. And though it will not be comparable to having to take care of another human being, as tested and proven, having a similar experience would be an enormously effective teacher.
A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
— Josh Billings (a.k.a. Henry Wheeler Shaw; humorist and lecturer)
2. A Happy Dog Will Lift Your Mood
A healthy, well-loved dog would usually reciprocate and show love in its own little ways. A happy dog could easily uplift your mood, as it expresses its happiness to see you in the morning or when you get home even just from an hour-long errand.
Having a healthy pet dog is equivalent to waking up to happy barks, loving licks, and a wagging tail. You can just imagine all the licks, love, and excitement you have to endure when you're away for a few days. So much happiness and love in the house, you’ll be excited to welcome more family members!
3. You Are Forced to Be Healthy
Having a dog in the house would aid, or rather force, you to stay healthy. If you’re trying to conceive, your obstetrician would normally advise you to eat and live healthily, as this would increase the chances of conceiving.
It is frequently reliant on the breed, but more often than not having a dog in the house would require you to walk with it almost every day. Some playful pups might even oblige you to accomplish a regular running and sprinting session. You also need to save your slippers, shoes, hair brush, or anything it could sink its teeth into—sometimes even items from the trash—from total annihilation.
If you’re not the very active type, you could take comfort in knowing that you’re gaining a healthy heart in the process. Needless to say, caring for a dog could keep you and your partner in tiptop shape and make life more exciting.
4. Having a Pet Promotes Relaxation and Helps Lower Blood Pressure
To stay in best shape and easily get pregnant, you are advised to stay away from stress and to constantly de-stress. In these modern times of technology and capitalism, when money could get you practically anything, there are a multitude of expensive ways to do that.
But why shell out from your savings when you can de-stress at home for free? According to WebMD, petting your dog could feel good, effectively lower blood pressure, and help the body release relaxation hormones. Yes, giving your beloved pet a belly rub is also beneficial to you. So after a stressful workday, reward yourself by spending quality time with your puppy love.
Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one is a life diminished.
— Dean Koontz (author, Whispers)
5. You Learn Basic Nursing Skills as a Pet Parent
Being a pet parent will help improve your basic nursing skills. Like human babies, a dog does not have the ability to say exactly when they don't feel right, when there's something painful, or if they feel uncomfortable.
It will be left to you to determine based on their symptoms if it is something that can be dealt with from home or if it is already serious and needs a veterinarian’s attention.
These were just a few reasons why it is advisable for trying-to-conceive couples to adopt a dog. For sure, having kids is going to be on an entirely different level as compared to taking care of pets.
But for now, this is something that you can experience that is relatively close to having your own little family. Let’s be thankful for having these loyal, loving furballs around.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.