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The Many Benefits of Dog Ownership

Tamara-bellis-n00UuCMzVgM-unsplashIf you read this blog, you are surely a dog lover -- and you are more than likely to know there are many benefits of owning a dog. According to HonestPaws.com, there are at least 95 of them! Here are just a few of the intriguing ones:

  • A dog’s gaze (think of those puppy eyes!) induces a release of oxytocin, “the love hormone,” which is linked to a strengthened emotional bond between mothers and babies.
  • Babies exposed to dogs are less likely to develop common allergies.
  • Kids who grow up around dogs have a more positive youth development versus kids who don’t grow up around dogs. 
  • Dog owners have a 24% lower risk of death from any cause than non-dog owners. 
  • Owning a pet, including dogs, reduces the harmful effects of stress for senior citizens.
  • Petting dogs for as little as 10 minutes reduces cortisol levels, “the stress hormone.”
  • Fifty-five percent of Americans would rather quarantine with their dog than their significant other.

Check out lots more fun facts here: https://www.honestpaws.com/blog/benefits-of-having-a-dog/

Photo by Tamara Bellis on Unsplash 

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