7 benefits of owning a dog, according to science

Do you plan on getting a dog?

Dogs are a big responsibility. They are not something you get based on your whims.

They require a lot of work, but it seems like the pros outweigh the cons of owning a dog.

So, if you’re up for it, here are 7 scientific reasons why they’re beneficial for you:

1. You don’t get sick as often

The world today is obsessed with the elimination of germs.

We find ourselves at war against germs every day.

Just like what cleaning commercials show, we shouldn’t stop until every single germ is dead.


However, the truth is that the amount of disinfecting we do is making us sicker.

.According to a study, we are home to as many as 300 strains of bacteria. These microbes are linked to our immune system.

They help defend our immune system against invading pathogens.

Fortunately, dogs are covered in germs!

One article states that more diverse bacteria enter the home because of dogs.

As a result, people with dogs don’t get sick a lot.

2. You develop resistance to allergies

It has been scientifically proven that growing up in a house with a dog is beneficial.

It makes children less likely to develop allergies.

The Journal of Pediatrics published a study that shows owning a dog has “immunotherapy” benefit.

It also reduced other allergies by as much as four times.

3. Owning a dog lowers blood pressure

A study shows that pet ownership may protect you from heart disease.

The American Heart Association concluded that owning a dog is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Furthermore, a Chinese research found that pet ownership has a protective effect on patients suffering from coronary artery disease.


Another finding shows that as the duration of pet ownership increased, CAD risk is relatively decreased.

Furthermore, a lower risk was observed in those who had pets at a younger age.

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4. You get more exercise

People who have dogs tend to walk.

Because dogs need exercise, owners are “forced” to walk and play with them.

This means that dog owners are getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day compared to cat owners.


It results in a lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

You can now forget the treadmill. Just get a dog.

5. Dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression

A study links dog ownership to a decrease in depression symptoms.

The research shows that single adults and women are less likely to suffer from depression if they own a dog.

Just petting your pet releases oxytocin, the “feel good” chemical, in the brain.

That is why dogs can help depressed owners out of a depressive episode.

Their goofiness and love owners receive from a dog can help boost positive moods.

6. Dog owners have more active social life

Because dogs need to be walked, they can help facilitate friendships and social networks.

This finding is backed in a scientific study.

Dogs can help owners in getting to know other people, form friendship and support their social life.

Another study even shows that dog owners were closer to the important people in their lives.

7. Dog owners have a personal cancer detector

Dogs can smell health problems like diabetes and cancer.

A study shows that their noses can smell distinct chemicals.


They act like odor-detecting machines and they have 99% accuracy.

A perfect example would be the stories of diabetic alert dogs or DADs.

These dogs get service-dog training on top of their medical-detection training.

According to these studies,  owning a dog can make you healthier – physically, mentally and emotionally.

Are you convinced yet?

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Written by Jude Paler

I am a poet with a positive outlook in life and a writer with a purpose in mind. I write to express my thoughts so that others will be inspired.

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