With almost 50 million households owning at least one, dogs are easily the most popular pet in the United States. However, for men who are considering bringing one into their home, many may wonder if the age old saying of “a dog is a man’s best friend” is really true. With the many benefits that their companionship can bring, such as staying active and even relieving stress, here are three reasons that might just prove the saying to be true.
They can keep you active
Dogs are well known for getting — and keeping — their owners active on a regular basis through many different activities, which can give you the opportunity to spend a lot of time together when compared to other pets. While a pup might not be able to accompany you to your regular gym workout, going out for a run together or even playing a game of fetch in your backyard can easily keep you both active in a way that is comparable to friends hanging out. Even simply walking your dog on a regular basis can help you to get outside each day (and perhaps even socialize by meeting another person with their dog along the way), proving there to be a myriad of benefits in terms of simply staying active together.
Some breeds will be much more active than others, like silver labs. If you really want to take advantage of this benefit, it’s worth focusing on these breeds. While others won’t exactly be lazy – you’ll still need to walk them – they mightn’t be as active as you’d want them to be. With a little thought, you’ll have no problem staying active with your pet.
Bonding through daily activities
For those who might be worried that having a dog could result in a lot of extra work each day, it’s important to keep in mind that dog’s needs can easily be worked into your own schedule. In fact, many dogs rely on structured schedules when it comes to daily events like eating and exercise, which can also turn into a bonding activity. For instance, you could easily feed your dog as you wait for your morning coffee to brew. Regular exercise can also take place where it’s most convenient for you — like after dinner, or when you get home from work. And, as your dog gets older, you may choose to give them daily supplements, such as those for canine hip and joint wellness — which can easily be given to them when you take your own vitamins each day. While it might seem insignificant, these daily habits can easily turn into a routine of tradition that you’ll both look forward to each day, proving how quickly they can quickly become your best friend.
Dogs and your mental health
Perhaps another one of the reasons why dogs have been long given the title of “man’s best friend” is because of the many ways they can provide companionship to their owners. However, it’s important to recognize that dogs aren’t the only ones that thrive on this companionship — their humans do too. In fact, dogs are known to decrease loneliness and depression, relieve stress, and provide comfort, proving them to be a great benefit when it comes to boosting your mental health in a number of ways. These unique characteristics can easily make a dog feel like part of the family, proving yet again that they truly are man’s best friend.
Getting a dog is a big decision, but there’s no reason for you to question whether or not they’ll be your best friend. From keeping you active to boosting your mental health, there are many benefits that come along with the companionship that a pup can bring.