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7 Benefits of Having a Dog

Since graduating university, Paul has worked as a bookseller, librarian, and educator. Born in the UK, he now lives in Florida.

If you want to find out the main positives of owning a pet dog, read on...

If you want to find out the main positives of owning a pet dog, read on...

Dogs present many challenges, for example, they need regular exercise, you have to pick up their poop, and the veterinarian fees can be expensive, but this article looks at the main positives.

Dogs make loyal companions, can provide you with some safety and security, and they are great fun to play with, especially when they are puppies. Read on for my full list of the main advantages of owning a dog.

7 Positives of Owning a Dog

  1. Loving companions
  2. They can keep you fit and healthy.
  3. Home and personal security
  4. Entertainment
  5. Puppies are cute.
  6. Enhanced social life
  7. There are many breeds to choose from.

For full details on each of my benefits, see below.

1. Loving Companions

Dogs are loving and loyal. You won't find a better friend. They miss you when you are away from them, and they are always pleased to see you when you return.

The bonds of affection that form between owners and their pets are something special and last a lifetime. Whatever's happening to you in the human world, your dog will always love you without question.

2. They Can Keep You Fit and Healthy

Dogs are demanding in that they need regular exercise. This can actually be a positive, as their human owners benefit from regular exercise too. Walking the dog twice a day can make a substantial difference to overall health. It's easy to skip the gym if you are feeling lazy, but a dog will remind you whenever it needs a walk and persuade you to exercise.

3. Home and Personal Security

Dogs can keep you safe. They are great for guarding properties. Even if the dog is not large enough to present a physical threat to an intruder, just by barking loudly and causing a racket, they can deter unwanted visitors.

Dogs can also provide you with personal protection too, as their instinct is to guard you against potential threats. This gives you a sense of security, especially if you are a single lady or an older person.

4. Entertainment

Dogs are fun. You can get lots of healthy enjoyment from playing with them, whether it's throwing a stick or a ball, petting them, feeding them, or just communicating with them.

As with humans, each dog has its own unique personality, and it's a fascinating journey getting to know them. You need never be bored when you own a dog, and they will certainly never get bored with you.

5. Puppies Are Cute

Puppies are the cutest thing ever. They are wide-eyed balls of fur that can melt even the coldest heart. It's tremendously entertaining to see them explore their environment and learn about the world around them.

Playing with them is a delight. Watching their confidence and character grow and develop as they get older is fulfilling. Having a dog from a young age can also strengthen the emotional bond between pet and owner.

6. Enhanced Social Life

It's amazing how much your social life can expand and deepen when you have a dog to walk around your neighborhood. Other dog lovers will stop and chat when they see you with your pet. You will meet new people and form social bonds with neighbors. Some of these relationships can develop into full friendships. Over time, communities, as well as your own individual social life, become strengthened.

7. There Are Many Breeds to Choose From

One of the beautiful things about dogs is that there are so many different types. Varieties of size, temperament, traits, and needs mean that you have many options when it comes to picking a pet that suits your lifestyle.

If you live in a small urban apartment and have limited suitable areas to walk a dog, you can get a tiny dog that doesn't require much exercise. If you want a dog that will provide you with security and you are ready and willing to provide it with lots of exercise, you can go for a bigger, more assertive dog. There are so many possibilities, there really is no reason to choose badly.

5 Most Common Dog Breeds in America

According to the American Kennel Club, the 5 most common breeds of dog in the US in 2019 are:

  1. Labrador Retriever.
  2. German Shepherd Dog.
  3. Golden Retriever.
  4. French Bulldog.
  5. Bulldog.

It's notable that in recent years, French Bulldogs have increased in popularity, while Beagles have declined.

5 Facts About Dogs

  1. Dogs are great survivors. Three of them were rescued after the sinking of the Titanic.
  2. In the USA, 45% of dogs sleep in their owner’s bed.
  3. Humans sweat all over, but dogs only emit sweat from between their paw pads.
  4. The world’s oldest dog breed is believed to be the Saluki. They were kept as pets in Ancient Egypt.
  5. All puppies are deaf when they are born.

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