Dogs are furry, fluffy, and just downright amazing. They provide unconditional love to their humans every day. We don’t need any studies or research to tell us how much we benefit from our canine friends; it’s plainly obvious that they improve our lives in more ways than one! In this blog post, I will discuss 5 ways dogs help make your life healthier and happier.

Humans are Healthier & Happier: How Dog Helps

You might have already felt the effects of a pet’s companionship. Pets can be calming stress-fighters, and they provide unconditional love that humans often don’t get elsewhere in their lives. Researchers also found that when people spent more time with pets or had higher quality relationships with them, there was an increase in happiness and better health overall; what makes for “higher-quality” is different from person to person though!

Some people, like active individuals who play ball or Frisbee in the park, find other ways to stay connected. For others with less mobility but still a need for human contact and activity like petting their loyal dog at home- pets can help fill that gap.

Improve Heart Condition

Dog owners are more active than non-dog owners. This is because they walk their dog for an average of 1,000 extra minutes per week! If you have heart disease and already know that walking can help improve your condition, this might be a solution worth considering to get started or keep going with the exercise regime.

According to a recent study, people with serious abnormal heart rhythms who own dogs live longer than those without pets. New research shows that there’s something in the love between man and animal which benefits both parties involved-which is great news for owners of four legged friends everywhere!

Relieve Stress

Did you know that petting your cat or dog can bring down stress and anxiety levels? Science has shown us how pets release oxytocin, which is a chemical in the brain responsible for feelings of contentment. Pet therapy sessions are also linked to lower blood pressure. Give your furry friend some love this holiday season!

Petting animals like cats and dogs lowers our heart rates by as much as 20%. The relaxation hormone produced when we interact with an animal reduces symptoms of depression too – so go ahead and hug someone’s kitty today if they’ve been having a tough time recently!

Your pet will be soothed by your love. It’s a calming sensation that both you and your furry friend can enjoy when they’re feeling down. It doesn’t matter if you are the type of person who would never get close to an animal or if it is something that brings great joy, pets have been shown time and again as being effective at reducing stress levels in their owners which leads to healthier lives for everyone involved.

Social Magnets

Pets have always been an important part of human life. In many cases, they are the closest companions we can find in our lives that will never leave us or judge you for what’s on your resume. Pets provide unconditional love and support to their owners no matter who people really are deep down inside!

Pets help connect with other people by providing comfort and a way to start conversations when one may not know someone else very well yet. “If I saw you walking down the street,” Beck said “I couldn’t comfortably start talking to you if I didn’t know you but could if [you had] a dog” which is an acceptable interaction otherwise wouldn’t be possible.

People who use wheelchairs say the difference in people’s reactions is noticeable when they’re around their dogs. When others see them with a dog, instead of just not looking at them or ignoring their presence altogether, oftentimes others will make eye contact and ask if there is anything that can be done to help out.

Better Mood

Taking care of a pet is not just for those who are lonely or need company; it has actually been shown to be beneficial in many ways. People with pets tend to have higher self-esteem, and they also appear less anxious than people without pets. 

Pets seem like the perfect solution if you’re looking for an easy way to fill your home with love and laughter! Animals give many people purpose and happiness, according to McConnell. “One reason for that may be you have a greater sense of control of your life.”

More Active Lifestyles

Research from Michigan State University has found that dog owners who walk their pets regularly meet the recommended criteria for regular exercise. For those of us on a budget, owning a dog can be an excellent way to improve your health and make walking more enjoyable too! 

Researchers have found that people who own a dog are more likely to be active than those without. In fact, one study revealed an increase in physical activity among owners of dogs by as much as 150%! That’s not all-the mere act of walking the dog leads to increased levels of exercise for both humans and their canine companions alike. The researchers recommend selecting a breed based on your personal lifestyle needs.


Dogs have always been a part of our lives, and it turns out that they may be one of the best parts. Not only do dogs help humans stay healthier – through walking them for exercise or just making sure they’re getting enough physical activity every day – but they also make us happier by simply being there to pet when we need some affection. With so many benefits from having a dog in your life, why not adopt one! We can give you tips on how to select an appropriate breed before bringing home your new pup. Contact us today if you want more information about adopting a dog!