10 Advantages of Owning a Dog Based on Science

Dogs help when people can't. Love, support, and cuddling reduce social isolation. Dogs alleviated loneliness in a small Australian study.

1. Dogs make us feel less alone.

Dogs extend life. Dog owners had a decreased death rate in a 1950–2019 analysis.

2. Dogs are good for your heart.

Dogs can calm you. Studies demonstrate that dogs and therapy dogs reduce stress and anxiety.

3. Dogs help you stop stressing out.

After a crisis, dogs help. Assistance dogs benefit soldiers with PTSD, according to Purdue University's College of Veterinary Medicine.

4. Dogs help us cope with crisis

Trails add. Dog owners fulfil daily exercise guidelines four times more often, according to a 2019 British study. Weekly dog walkers spend 300 minutes.

5. Dogs encourage you to move.

Get a dog to find a date. Dogs can make people more beautiful.

6. Dogs make you more attractive—even virtually.

Walking with a dog makes us more approachable and starts conversations. Consider how often you've chatted to neighbours or dog park buddies.

7. Dogs make us more social.

Puppies are particularly cute because their faces have a "infant schema." These "social releasers" activate human caregiving instincts.

8. Dogs are so adorable they make us love them

In a 2009 Japanese study, looking into a dog's eyes increased oxytocin, the "love hormone." Dogs also improve mood.

9. Dogs make us happier

Dogs helped seniors with studies. Pet therapy enhances cognitive performance in long-term care residents with mental disorders.

10. Dogs aid elders with cognition and socialisation.

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