Man’s best friend, dogs, were domesticated across the world at varying times in the past, dating back as far as 20,000 years ago.
That is a long history of a bond between humans and these amazing animals.
If you are at the time in your life where you can support owning a pet, then by the time you finish reading this article, be prepared for a trip to the shelter to find your new best friend.
Adopting should definitely be your first port of call when looking for a furry new family member, as there are countless animals out there looking for a new home.
They may be a little smelly and drool on your furniture, but this list breaks down the top ten reasons why you should adopt a dog today!
1 You get a loyal friend for life
This one is a no-brainer. Loyalty is one of the dominant traits for all dogs, and is one that is so powerful.
The unconditional love of a dog is impossible to find elsewhere and will make your life and home complete.
You’ll have someone to watch TV with all night, or to go on long morning walks through the woods.
As long as your furry companion is with you, they are happy.
Fun Fact: One dog followed his family 2,000 miles across the country when they were separated.
2 They boost physical well-being
Dogs are the most popular of all pets, and it’s no suprise when adopting one can have multiple positive effects on your physical well-being.
Dog owners are more likely to meet their daily exercise requirements by taking their dogs on a walk, run, or hike.
This not only improves the animal’s behavior, but can also deepen your connection.
Studies have also shown that pet owners have lower triglyceride and cholesterol levels than those without pets. Dog owners also have lower blood pressure in stressful situations.
According to one study, patients with borderline hypertension adopted dogs, and their blood pressure significantly declined within five months. Wow!
3 Dogs help improve loneliness
A lot of us have grown up surrounded by other people and then suddenly…it stops.
We have a house, a job and a routine. Well, what if we told you a dog would significantly help your situation?
Studies have found that dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those who don’t own pets.
While owning a dog, it is almost impossible to feel lonely. If you are home, then your dog will be spending their time with you, because you are the center of their world.
If you’ve been having trouble living the single life, adopt a best friend today!
4 Your social life will benefit
You know how you sometimes see guys walking around with puppies and then suddenly there is a group of girls surrounding him, asking to play with the adorable pet?
And then you sometimes wonder if it was all planned?
Whether it’s planned or not, it works — but not just for picking up dates. It is a known fact that people love dogs, and when you become a dog-owner, you suddenly have something to talk about with over 40,000,000 dog-owning people.
If you have trouble making conversation with people, fear no more.
5 Daily entertainment
Anyone who has been around dogs before knows they are bonkers — in the best way possible.
Dogs love to play, whether it is by themselves or with their owners. Going outside with your dog and playing will provide hours of entertainment.
On the other hand, spending a night at home with your pooch will have the same effect!
These goof balls love to please their owners. Had a bad day at work? Spend a little time with your beloved pet and you probably forget what was upsetting you.
6 Constant mood boost
Studies have shown that playing with a dog can elevate levels of serotonin and dopamine.
What does this mean? Playing with your pet can literally make you more calm, happy and relaxed.
Your furry friend is like a happy pill that you don’t have to swallow, with all the lovely effects.
This can be particularly helpful on those bad days where you can’t seem to shake that funk that has been following you around all day.
When your companion greets you at the door, you’ll feel the effects.
7 Children living with dogs can be healthier
According to recent studies, babies who grow up in home with a pet — specifically a dog or cat — are less likely to get sick when compared to a child growing up pet-free.
Previous studies have linked pet-owning households with children to be at a lower risk for allergies, and further research has shown a possibility that living with a dog could prevent a child from being infected with a common respiratory virus that could increase the likelihood of childhood asthma.
While you may not have children yet, or it is too far in the future to think about, this is still some incredible research.
8 Bye, bye stress
Tracking back to number six on our list, dogs are able to trigger the release of serotonin and dopamine; two chemicals in our brains that make us feel happy and relaxed.
If you’re prone to large amounts of stress, having a lovable creature that causes these chemicals to be produced in greater amount is definitely a bonus.
One reason why dogs are so therapeutic is that they fulfil the basic human need for touch.
Petting and hugging these furry bundles can instantly soothe us when we are anxious or stressed out.
Dogs are very good at interpreting our tone of voice and body language — they know when we need a little extra love!
9 Always greeted at home
Imagine this: You’re getting home from work where you had to stay late, your day sucked because it started with spilling coffee down your shirt, and your boss said you had to come in early tomorrow to fix a mistake someone else made.
Now, imagine when you open the door to your house and your furry, loveable dog is waiting to jump you with kisses and affection.
Being greeted by a cute face that has been waiting all day to see yours again is something that will never get old.
Remember dogs don’t like to be left alone for too long, though. Do make sure to research whether two dogs are better than one for your breed so they can have some companionship — or whether you need to arrange a dog walker to give them some company during the day.
10 Someone to watch your back
Whether you belong to the category of people who live alone, or live with other people, having a dog to watch your back can help you sleep better at night.
Most dogs make excellent watchdogs, who can sense when something is wrong or moving around your property at night.
Their barking will notify you before it is too late, and will give you time to alert the proper authorities.
Especially if you adopt a larger dog, chances are any burglar will think twice before entering your house after hearing a warning growl from your protector.