8 Real Reasons to Have a Dog Approved by Researches and Scientists

American Kennel Club analyzed some researches and put these 8 conclusions.

1. Dogs relieve stress.

Petting a dog lowers blood pressure and heart rate, slows breathing, relaxes muscle tension, reduces level of stress hormones in blood.Study: Health and Psychological Benefits of Bonding with a Pet Dog.

2. Dogs are good for your heart.

Pet owners have a much higher rate of survival after heart attacks, because of reduced stress, which is a major cause of cardiovascular problems.Study: Dog ownership and Survival After a Major Cardiovascular Event. 

3. Dogs make us happy.

Staring into your dog’s eyes raises your level of oxytocin. Owning a dog can alleviate depression.
Study: Dog’s gaze at its owner increases owner’s urinary oxytocin during social interaction

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4. Dogs increase our social interactions with other people.

People who have a strong attachment to a pet feel more connected in their human relationships and their communities. Teenagers and young adults who grow up with a dog become more confident and empathetic.Study: Is Human-Animal Interaction (HAI) Linked to Positive Youth Development? Initial Answers

5. Dogs keep you physically active.

Dog owners are more likely to engage in moderate physical activity. Dog owners walk an average of 300 minutes per week.Study: Relationships among dog ownership and leisure-time walking in Western Canadian adults

6. A dog’s sense of smell can keep you healthy.

7. Dogs make us want to take care of them.

A dog’s face possesses an “infant schema”: a dog’s facial features are known as social releasers and bring out an innate caregiver response in humans.
Study: Sweet Puppies and Cute Babies: Perceptual Adaptation to Babyfacedness Transfers Across Species

8. A dog can make you more attractive to potential love interests.

Owning a dog can make a person seem more attractive, people seem more approachable when they’re with a dog.
Study: Proof: Owning a Dog Makes You More Attractive to Opposite Sex

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