If you’re a dog owner, you probably already know what I mean simply from the title. There’s something about coming home to your dog! With wide eyes and big smiles, it’s difficult to imagine life without our pups. Here in Miami Beach, our town seems to accommodate even more for our furry friends. Local stores set up water and treats, while most parks have dog sections and pup fountains. I often refer to my dog, Stewie as my 6am alarm clock. However…reflecting, I realize how much healthier he makes me.
DOGS ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEART (AND IMMUNE SYSTEM)
Yes, it’s obvious that dogs warm your heart with their adorable tail wags and sloppy kisses, but several studies have shown that dog owners have healthier statistics for several cardiovascular criteria, including blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels than non-owners. Additionally, studies have shown that heart attack sufferers who have pets have longer survival rates than those who don’t. If there are children in your home, you can rest easy knowing that by living with a pup, they are more likely to be resistant to allergies and also less likely to develop asthma.
DOGS LIFT YOUR MOOD NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCE
You know what I say? I’ve never met a dog I didn’t like. Caring for a pet has been proven to lower stress levels, reduce depression and anxiety, and increase energy. Pet owners have shown increased levels of brain chemicals, dopamine and serotonin, which trigger and boost your mood. It’s nearly impossible to stay angry or upset long after you’ve taken a long gaze into your big cuddleball’s eyes.
DOGS FORCE YOU TO SHAKE A LEG
Whether you’re an active person by nature, or someone whose idea of getting their heart rate up is learning that you’ve missed a sale on Lincoln Road, having a dog will get you active. Period. That lack of motivation won’t fly with your little guy (or doll!). Your pup will have you off the couch and into your sneakers for an evening walk, or jog in no time. Seeing our friends run and play gives us the drive to do the same!
DOGS ENCOURAGE SOCIAL INTERACTION
My all-time favorite meet cute in a movie? When a man and woman are forced to have a conversation based upon their dogs meeting. Dogs bring new social interactions to your world encouraging engagement between strangers. Walking your dog gets you out into the community,where you can meet your neighbors, check out the newest hot spots, and get yourself out of your home. So go mingle and bring your pup!