Most Americans recognize that a dog is man’s best friend. This explains why many people are emotionally attached to their dogs. There are many proven benefits of owning a dog. First, it has been established that dog owners are happier people than people who don’t have pets. The emotional attachment and affection that a person has for a dog increases the level of Oxytocin which is a happiness inducing chemical in the human brain.
In addition to that, pet owners have been proven to enjoy better health than people without pets. This is because petting a dog slows down the heartbeat, lowers blood pressure and generally leads to a better health.
Studies have also shown that dog owners are outgoing, friendly and approachable people. Pet ownership is a perfect ice breaker during social interactions involving American dog owners. These pet owners do not have problems interacting with people.
Another benefit of owning a dog is that it lowers the level of stress of the pet owner leading to contentment and improved productivity at work. In fact some doctors prescribe animal assisted therapy (AAT) or pet facilitated therapy (PFT) to manage stress.
Contrary to popular belief, dog ownership improves children’s resistance to allergies by up to 33 per cent. Children who grow up in a home with a dog develop a natural immunity against allergies.
These and other benefits prove beyond any shadow of doubt that the dog is not just a friend but a vital component of healthy living in America and beyond.