In honor of National Dog Day, we want to bring you a post on 5 benefits of owning a dog. All dog lovers feel that having a dog improves their lives, but there are actually a number of proven mental, physical and emotional health benefits.

Increased Exercise

Between working and juggling a number of responsibilities, often times it may be difficult to find time to exercise. Taking a dog on walks and playing with them gets your body moving. In a 2010 study, it was concluded by The Journal of Physical Activity and Health that dog walkers typically walked about an hour longer per day than non-dog walkers!

Mood Booster

We all loving spending time with our four-legged friend, but did you know that doing so improves your mood? Based on research, it takes only 15-30 minutes with your dog to feel more calm and relaxed. Additionally, playing with your dog raises the dopamine and serotonin levels in your brain. For us non-scientific people, dopamine and serotonin are neurotransmitters associated with tranquility and pleasure. According to studies, having a dog companion can be equivalent to a human companion.

Improved Social Life 

Doing activities with your dog where you are out in public makes you more approachable, and people are more likely to start up a conversation with you. Having a dog can even help some people get over shyness. There have been a number of cases where people have made friends based on interactions that occurred because of their dog. It’s also great for your four-legged friend to mix and mingle with other dogs and dog lovers.

Stress Relief

Believe it or not, there are a number of studies that show that dogs help with stress levels. Research has shown that petting or playing with a dog can decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol, and increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin. Additionally, now that some companies are allowing employees to bring their dogs to work, it’s been proven that interacting with a pet at work decreases levels of stress throughout the day.

Allergy Resistance

While there are a number of people who are allergic to dogs, a child who grows up in a house with a dog is less likely to develop allergies over the course of their lives. Other than a lower chance of being affected by pet hair or dander, it also decreases their likelihood of developing eczema as an adult.

The bottom line is that owning a dog is a wonderful thing, and is good for the mind, body and soul. These are just 5 benefits, but the list goes on and on. We here at Lucky Lucy’s Pets, wish you all a Happy National Dog Day!! Make sure to let your doggie(s) know how much they are loved!