If you have ever had the privilege of owning a dog, you would probably agree it was one of the best times of your life. The slobbery kisses, the funny things they did, the unconditional love and joy they would bring to your world every day – the list is endless. It’s no surprise then, that the Australian Veterinary Association states that Australia continues to have one of the highest household rates of pet ownership in the world with around 5.7 million of Australia’s 9.2 million households being home to a pet.
As someone who has grown up with dogs, I yearn for the day I can have a dog again. I miss the way a dog would make me feel at the end of a hard day and all the fun we would have together. I want the same experience for my children. Owning a dog offers so many benefits, on so many different levels. I did a bit of research to find out just what kind of benefits they can bring, in the hope of convincing the husband in adopting a new best friend.
- Pets can improve your overall general health – people who own dogs are more likely to be active because your little friend needs his daily walk, therefore increasing your own cardiovascular health at the same time! The saying goes, Pals who train together, stay together.
- RSPCA states you would make fewer visits to the doctor (winning!) and growing up with a dog during infancy may help strengthen the immune system and may reduce the risk of allergies, helping children avoid missing school due to illness.
Owning a dog also has its psychological health benefits.
- Dog owners are said to be more empathetic – that also goes for children who have dogs in the home
- RSPCA also states that Pet owners report less depression and appear to cope with grief, stress and loss better than non-pet owners.
- Having a dog gives you a purpose and a companion, easing the feeling of loneliness.
- Dogs have a calming effect on children, especially when they are experiencing a hardship for example divorce, moving, illnesses.
- They help build social relationships between people, being an ice breaker per say.
All Dog owners receive their own personal benefits from their furry friends, big and small. The relationship you make with your pet is uniquely special. For me, there was no greater feeling than the one I would experience coming home to my dog. Overall owning a dog just makes you genuinely happy.