10 Science-Based Benefits of Having a Dog

Spending time with canine companions does wonders for your wellbeing. Recent research shows that owning a dog is good for you physically and emotionally. 

 

 

  1. Dogs make us feel less alone.
  2. Owning a dog can help you live longer.
  3. Multiple studies show that dogs and therapy dogs help alleviate stress and anxiety.
  4. Dogs help us recover psychologically from a crisis.
  5. Dogs encourage you to move.
  6. A dog’s presence may make people appear more likeable and attractive.
  7. Researchers have found that about 40 percent of dog owners had an easier time making friends.
  8. There’s a reason why puppies are so irresistible: a dog’s facial features possess an “infant schema.” 
  9. A 2009 study in Japan found that staring into your dog’s eyes raises your level of oxytocin, also known as the “love hormone.” 
  10. Dogs help seniors with cognitive function and social interaction.

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