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5 Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

Reece is our rescue dog that we adopted two years ago from the San Bernandio Animal Shelter. We just love her to pieces, thus her name Reece for Reese’s Pieces buts spelled with a “c” (just to be cool) and for the color of her fur. Reece is an important component of our family and family vacations are often planned around her. Truth be told, I really wanted a fourth child (but secretly I knew our three was just right). However, I couldn’t fight the feeling that I really wanted another thing to love and cuddle on! With the help of my kids, we gently coaxed my husband to get us a puppy! There was so much resistance from him at first. But, we weren’t going to give up!

Orange County Lifestyle Blog | 5 Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

I agreed with Albert that our plates were full and that having a dog was like having another child. He wondered if the kids had time to care for one as they are busy with school, church and extracurricular activities after-school. However, the kids and I reassured him that we would take care of it and accept full responsibility for our new pet. After a year of “coaxing” it finally worked and Albert found the perfect rescue dog that was meant to be ours.  Read our adoption story here.

Orange County Lifestyle Blog | 5 Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

If you are thinking about adopting a dog, I am giving you my thumbs up! Our family is so happy and blessed to have this fur baby in our lives! There is no wonder that dogs are considered human’s best friend. But, did you know that there are many health benefits to owning a dog that are backed by science? Here are 5 health benefit to owning a dog you may find interesting:

1. HEART HAPPY

Dog’s are good for your heart. Cuddle time does wonders for your heart. Researchers from the American Cancer Society discovered that owning a pet could lower your chance of cardiovascular disease.

Orange County Lifestyle Blog | 5 Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

Orange County Lifestyle Blog | 5 Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

2. KEEP MOVING

Dogs keep you moving thus increasing your daily activity. Did you know that dog owners tend to be more physically fit that non-pouch lovers? Dogs help keep us active.

Orange County Lifestyle Blog | 5 Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

3. NATURAL HAPPY PILL

Owning a dog offers incredible therapy. When you spend time with a dog whether playing or cuddling, your brain releases hormones to give you a mood lift. Dogs too get that immediate pick-me-up.  It is a win-win for all.

Orange County Lifestyle Blog | 5 Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

4. LOWERS DEPRESSION

Feeling alone and isolated are emotions that are not easy to deal with. Dog owners are reported to be more happy because they feel a sense of belonging. Improved self-esteem and and overall well-being are side affects from dog ownership.

Orange County Lifestyle Blog | 5 Health Benefits of Owning a Dog

5. ENHANCED IMMUNE SYSTEM

I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that owning a dog helps to boost your immunity and fight allergies. Dogs help us function our best by exposing us to dirt and other environmental and natural substances (i.e. dust, pollen, etc.,).

Go and give your pup a gratitude hug for keeping your heart happy!

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21 Comments

  1. June 30, 2018 / 10:35 pm

    Your fur baby is deliriously cute, and your 5 points – right on the nose! It’s a win-win: Having a dog is good, and good for your overall health!

  2. July 1, 2018 / 12:50 pm

    I’m not a dog person, but I feel a lot of this applies, at least for me personally, to my cat too! Maybe other than keeping moving because she is a lazy cat!!

  3. Julie Ventura Plagens
    July 1, 2018 / 1:46 pm

    Your dog is definitely your fourth baby. Such a lover. I cried more when my dog died than some relatives.

  4. July 1, 2018 / 3:04 pm

    Our dog has definitely helped me be a happier person! It’s nice to come home after a long day and see that happy face waiting to see you!

  5. Paige Marie
    July 1, 2018 / 5:25 pm

    I loved your post and reading all the benefits there are! Dogs really are so great to have around! We have two and they are like our other children!

  6. Maureen-@worldlytreat.com
    July 1, 2018 / 9:28 pm

    What a cute little pup, so photogenic! Hopefully, I’ll be a fur mama someday, If I am able to outgrow my Cynophobia. It’s good to see responsible dog owners, it gives me hope. Great post!

  7. Kayla
    July 2, 2018 / 5:39 am

    We have 2 dogs, and four kids, so our house is pretty full. The dogs especially the youngest, have a special relationship with the kids, and it’s so cute to watch them play together.

  8. Holly Lasha
    July 2, 2018 / 8:54 am

    Dogs are awesome. I have loved every dog we have had in our family!!

  9. July 2, 2018 / 11:07 am

    This is such a great post. I am so showing this to my husband, I really want a dog but he thinks our cat won’t like it. I am going to show him the health benefits haha

  10. Lisa Rios
    July 2, 2018 / 11:37 am

    Awwww your puppy is adorable. I have a cat, and he is the love of my life, so I can sort of see where you’re coming from. He definitely keeps me very happy, even when I’m feeling down. I love pets and totally agree that they are good news for everyone!

  11. Nina Lehan
    July 2, 2018 / 3:02 pm

    i do love the company of a dog, i am more of a cat person, i like huskies. you got an adorable pet there. i agree with the points you mentioned.

  12. Kevin Bascao
    July 2, 2018 / 3:08 pm

    What a cute dog! I agree, whenever I am tired and stressed out at work, I look forward to go home asap to play with our dog. I’m also amazed how at times they kind of feel it when you’re not well.

  13. Adaleta Avdic
    July 2, 2018 / 5:00 pm

    You and your pup are too cute! Having a dog has been a great experience for me too!

  14. Bee K
    July 2, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    You’re totally right! Beautiful dog, we have two dogs and they’re both rescues!

  15. Jennifer Prince
    July 2, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    Aw! This is so great. I have cats and think there are huge benefits to pets in general. They give lots of love!

  16. dannii2013
    July 3, 2018 / 2:45 am

    The mental health benefits of owning a dog must be huge. Plus, all the walking you get to do.

  17. Gaica Santiago
    July 3, 2018 / 3:25 am

    Having a dog help me alot. It gives me a lot of benefits in life. It gives me mo happines in life.

  18. Hà Vũ Thị
    July 3, 2018 / 7:15 am

    I also have a dog. I often take him out, feed him and play with him. I find that the biggest benefit of having a dog is having a friend and he make me feel good.

  19. David E
    July 3, 2018 / 5:18 pm

    I think one of the most amazing things I have found about dogs is that they are so emotionally intuitive. And so with the depression, my dog senses it intuitively. He just seems to know. And so I cannot imagine a life without him.

  20. Prajakta Hagwane
    July 4, 2018 / 7:47 am

    Wow your dog is soooo cute. I have never owned a dog but my hubby is crazy about dogs. 🙂

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