How Dogs Influence A Person’s Life

Pets are known to bring immense joy into people’s lives, and rightfully so! And that holds for all domesticated animals. Be it parrots, fish, or cats and dogs; every pet is like a ray of sunshine for its guardian. That said, ask any dog person, and they’ll tell you that canines are the most endearing pets anyone can have because of all the excitement they bring to a home, but dogs influence.

If you are not a dog parent, then you might have your reservations about the idea of dogs being the most lovable domesticated animals. Bearing that in mind, we decided to share all the ways a dog positively impacts humans, making it an unbelievably charming pet in our books. So before you get all riled up over the belief of dog lovers, allow us to give you compelling arguments to change your mind.

Dogs Offer The Best Companionship

It’s a well-established reality that dogs are the most loyal animals in the entire kingdom, which naturally makes them a reliable companion for humans. But that’s not all; there are many more humbling traits in dogs that make them the best bud a person can have.

Unlike most other animals, dogs are mostly selfless- always willing to do whatever it takes to make their guardian happy. They would jump in deep water, run after muggers, and wreak all kinds of havoc if that meant saving/helping their parents.

Look up stories of how dogs sacrificed themselves to save their friends; you will come across such moving tales of canine loyalty and bravery that you will yourself bestow the furry four-legged animal with the title of the best pet.

To give you an idea of how dogs are always ready to protect their guardians, even if that means hurting themselves, here is a heartwarming anecdote of a faithful dog named Nero.

In November 2013, the Eliseo house in Yorktown Heights, New York, caught fire, which soon spread like wildfire and engulfed much of the building. The Eliseo family was fast asleep when the tragedy struck; they would have burned alive in the raging fire had it not been for their Newfoundland, Nero.

Sensing the threat that the blazing flames posed for the entire family, Nero took charge instantly and woke Maria Eliseo and her daughter Marie. The mother-daughter duo, along with the rest of the family, was able to escape the burning building and assumed that Nero did too. But little did they know that their valiant savior had sacrificed its life to save theirs. Nero’s body was later found in the rubble of the Eliseo house.

 Dogs Guard Your Property Like A True Warrior

Dogs are not used as guards for nothing! Their undying loyalty, sharp observation, and unbelievable agility make them incredible protectors. That is the primary reason why dogs were boarded back in the day. Although in recent years, dogs are not solely adopted for safeguarding, it is partially the driving force behind the high frequency of dog adoptions worldwide.

Some people might take offense to the idea that canines are brought home because they keep the property and its occupants safe, which could be true. But you cannot discount the sense of security and peace a person feels if they have a four-legged companion looking after them, especially at night.

The protective nature of dogs makes them so vigilant and untrusting towards strangers, which is why they always ensure their guardians never get into harm’s way. If this heart-melting trait doesn’t warm you up to the idea of dogs being the most endearing pets, then we don’t know what will.

Dogs Relieve Stress And Help With Depression

In today’s relentless world, where people are constantly under crippling stress that more often than not leads to depression, a person needs all the positivity and merriment they can get. And studies show that dogs are best at providing that.

According to a 2015 study published in ScienceMag, looking into a dog’s eyes can lead to an instant spike in a person’s oxytocin levels in the body. Oxytocin- also known as the love or cuddle hormone, enables us to relax by reducing our stress levels.

The ScienceMag’s research is just one of the many studies conducted on the mental and emotional benefits of having a dog. There are several other surveys revealing that even the smallest of interactions with a dog spikes the production of oxytocin in the body, making the ever-cute canines ideal pets for people who experience too much stress or anxiety in their daily lives.

In simple terms, if you wish to be happier than you are, you need to make arrangements to boost your body’s oxytocin production. And what better way to do that than by bringing home a dog?!

Dogs Keep Your Heart Healthier

Don’t be baffled by the mentioned statement because it is a fact supported by science! According to a study conducted in the 80s, petting or talking to a dog significantly lowers blood pressure, improving heart health in the process.

Moreover, in a survey published in the American Journal of Cardiology, heart attack survivors who keep a dog are more likely to love another year than those who do not have a pet.

Another way dogs improve heart health is by impacting a person’s emotional and mental well-being positively. That is, people who face emotional or mental distress are more likely to develop heart disease. This means if someone is constantly under stress or emotionally disturbed, they negatively impact their heart health, albeit inadvertently. Having/interacting with a dog can help with that.

As mentioned earlier, dogs are excellent at cheering people up and reducing stress. So, if someone going through emotional turmoil adopts a dog, they will feel much better and far less lonely. And that will consequently improve their heart health.

Dogs Keep You Active

Ask any dog owner, and they’ll tell you how their lifestyle has changed after adopting their four-legged fluffy child.

Dogs are extraordinarily energetic animals who need to have their daily dose of physical activity to stay calm; otherwise, they get a little too mischievous. To avoid that from happening, a dog guardian has to take their canine companion out for physical training, which benefits their physical health too.

Ending Note

In a nutshell, boarding a dog has endless benefits more than any other pet, might we add! After reading through our article, you cannot deny that a dog influences a human’s life in more ways than you imagined. So it’s only fair to deem dogs as the best-suited pet for humans!


by Maria A Davidson || You can’t buy love, but you can rescue it™

Facts About Animal Homelessness:

  1. Only 1 out of every 10 dogs born will find a permanent home.
  2. The main reasons animals are in shelters: owners give them up, or animal control finds them on the street.
  3. Each year, approximately 2.7 million dogs and cats are killed every year because shelters are too full and there aren’t enough adoptive homes. Act as a publicist for your local shelter so pets can find homes. Sign up for Shelter Pet PR.
  4. Approximately 7.6 million companion animals enter animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.9 million are dogs and 3.4 million are cats.
  5. According to the National Council on Pet Population Study and Policy (NCPPSP), less than 2% of cats and only 15 to 20% of dogs are returned to their owners.
  6. 25% of dogs that enter local shelters are purebred.
  7. About twice as many animals enter shelters as strays compared to the number that are relinquished by their owners.
  8. It’s impossible to determine how many stray dogs and cats live in the United States. Estimates for cats alone range up to 70 million.
  9. Only 10% of the animals received by shelters have been spayed or neutered. Overpopulation, due to owners letting their pets accidentally or intentionally reproduce, sees millions of these “excess” animals killed annually.
  10. Many strays are lost pets that were not kept properly indoors or provided with identification.
  11. According to The Humane Society, there are about 3,500 brick-and-mortar animal shelters in the US and 10,000 rescue groups and animal sanctuaries in North America.

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