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Why Should I Get A Dog? 11 No-Nonsense Reasons To Get One


Has your son or daughter been bugging you to get a dog? You may ask, “Why should I get a dog?” 

After all, owning one is a big commitment and a lot of work. And of course, there are costs associated with dog parentship. 

This article will give you solid reasons why you cannot afford to not have a dog in your home. 

1. Having A Dog May Extend Your Lifespan

Without question, having a dog will force family members to be active. After being convinced by their children to get a dog, more often than not, it’s the father that will end up walking the dog. But it’s all good because a study involving 3 million participants concluded that owning a dog reduced the risk of mortality by 24% and a 65% reduction in cardiovascular death thanks to those daily walks around the neighborhood. 

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2. Better Health

Dog owners are less likely to develop Diabetes, Heart disease, and stroke compared to non-dog owners in a 12-year study.  It also lowers cholesterol levels and blood pressure. It may also help people suffering from Fibromyalgia

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3. Better Mood

Having a dog reduces depression, stress and anxiety. Playing with your dog releases happy hormones such as Serotonin, Dopamine, and Oxytocin which also helps regulate mood, sleep, metabolism, memory, and appetite. Petting A Dog Is Therapeutic. Just not on the head because they don’t like it. It lowers cortisol levels and makes us happy, calm, and expressive. 

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4. Stronger Immune Systems

Children exposed to pets very early in life tend to develop stronger immune systems and have fewer cases of respiratory and ear infections, Atopic Dermatitis and Wheezing.  They also require a shorter course of antibiotics. What’s more, children ages 6-17 have fewer cases of Anorexia, Bulimia and Anxiety Disorders. 

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5. Weight Loss

A study concluded that you can lose 14 pounds a  year by walking your dog 20 minutes a day 5 times a week without any dietary changes. Regular walking prevents your dog from developing separation anxiety. It also helps your dog maintain a healthy weight. A 20-30 minute walk is enough to meet the American Heart Association’s minimum recommendation of 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. 

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6. It Teaches Empathy

Children that have pets learn the difference between right and wrong early in life and tend to develop empathy, compassion, responsibility, and respect which they tend to carry into adulthood. Empathy teaches moral intelligence. Children who develop empathy have better social skills and are more popular with their peers. 

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7. Gives Comfort To The Elderly

Dogs can help the elderly cope with the effects of Dementia such as depression, agitation and loneliness. Dogs also give the elderly a sense of purpose and the warmth of companionship. Clearly, everyone in the family, young and old can benefit from having a dog. 

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Dogs have natural guarding instincts. Most are also light sleepers. When you’re sleeping at night, it’s comforting to know that someone with a keen sense of hearing is half-awake. However, some dogs are too friendly, like Golden Retrievers, making them bad guard dogs. 

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9. Some Dogs Can Sniff Cancer

You may be by lucky enough to get a dog that can detect some cancers like Marian Cooper who’s Pug detected her Breast cancer. 

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10. May Help You Stop Smoking

Getting a dog may be just what you need to quit the nasty habit. 28% of smokers who were informed of the dangers of what second hand smoke can do to their dogs considered quitting. 

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11. Reduces Social Isolation

Walking the dog means meeting other dog owners in the neighborhood. I personally never met my neighbors until we got a dog, Watson. Now I know almost all dog owners in our neighborhood. Humans (and dogs) are social beings and social isolation can be detrimental to our health. Social Isolation has been linked to Alzheimer’s, depression, heart disease,  a weakened immune system and many more. A quick chat with your fellow dog owner can do wonders for your health. 

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So which breed are you getting? 🙂

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Take a look at this great article of 245 dads that never wanted a dog but now can’t live without one. 

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All information in this article is for educational purposes only and is not meant to replace your veterinarian’s advice.


56 thoughts on “Why Should I Get A Dog? 11 No-Nonsense Reasons To Get One”

  1. Dogs certainly help with depression. When I feel down, cuddling with my dogs makes me feel better. Playing with them is so much fun and I always end up laughing. I read stories of how dogs could detect cancer. That’s amazing! They truly are special beings. 

    My dogs are the best guard dogs, not because I trained them for that, because I didn’t. I give them lots of love, and they look after their “mommy” 😉 I feel very safe with them. 

    All the reasons you listed are important amd relatable. The question should not be why you should get a dog, but why shouldn’t you? 🙂 They bring so much joy and love into our lives.

  2. When I was a child I wanted a dog so badly and my parents refused. I walked other people’s dogs and looked after dogs for people who were going away. I agree with your reasoning, there was just something in me that felt better when there was a dog around. So when I had children I made sure we always had dogs and as a result my children were never afraid of dogs (another benefit of having your own dog). Now we are older and don’t have a dog because we want to be free to travel when we want and we are both away most days at work. but I was thinking that as we move into retirement and we want more company it might be time to get another dog for company, affection and security. Dogs can really be a multi-faceted asset to have around the home and in the family. 

    1. Hi Deb, I wish all my comments were like this. A comment that really adds value to the article. 

      Honestly, If I were you, I would get a dog the very same day that I retire for the same reasons you have. Affection, security and company. 

      Thank you!


  3. Thanks for the informative article!  I particularly loved the addition that owning a dog teaches empathy!  Of course, I’m more of a cat person and a lot of what you mentioned could be applied to any pet, of course.  There was a study about cat owners living longer too, some time ago.  Still, I think my favorite is that owning a dog helps teach children empathy.  I think that’s an important thing to teach.  SO important.  Some children are inherently empathetic but most need to be taught empathy and compassion by example or owning pets.  To be honest, owning pets might be the EASIEST way to teach empathy.  This world needs it now more than ever.  Thanks again!

    1. You are correct, this applies to all pets that make us move around more. I also agree that empathy is extremely important for a child to develop. Thanks for commenting!


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