Why Get a Dog – 5 Good Reasons

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Dogs eat a lot, poop a lot, eat their own poop, have many other bad habits, and get into all kinds of mischief. They are expensive, and require a lot of effort and time.

So why do people even think of getting a dog?

For me, life before dogs was not very happy, nor very healthy. The only time I used to laugh was when I was chugging gin and tonic (love that drink!). Now, my dogs make me laugh all the time. I have a Shiba Inu called Gin, and a Siberian Husky called Tonic.

** Note – If you are interested in getting a dog, do not buy one from an online-buy-a-puppy site or from a pet store. Such places support and finance puppy mills that not only breed unhealthy puppies, but also keep their dogs in cruel conditions. Instead, consider adoption or getting a dog from an accredited Kennel Club breeder.

1. A dog will keep you happy, healthy, and help you lose some weight

Physical exercise is extremely important to living a healthy and happy life.

I hear this all the time, but motivating myself to actually go to the gym every day is close to impossible. I pretty much have to fight a mental battle with myself everyday, and frequently, it is my lazy butt persona who wins.

Why Get a Dog – A dog will keep you happy, healthy, and help you lose some weight.

Unlike visits to the gym, I can’t get lazy, and I can’t come up with excuses of other things I need to do. When it is time for their walks, they will come and find me, and give me intense, meaningful looks.

I have had several fitness coaches, but none have been able to motivate me as well as my dogs. Those deep eyes, and expectant faces gets me off my lazy butt every day of the week.

2. A dog will keep your mind engaged and active

In addition to physical exercise, mental exercise is also important to living a healthy life. My dogs have taught me many things, and they continue to challenge me every day.

For example, dogs have a really weird fashion sense. They do not see the difference between a pair of torn-up sneakers, and my prizedJimmy Choo shoes. Both are fair game as chew toys. They also think that mud on designer clothing is very much in style. Therefore, I have to come up with many ingenious ways to convince them that there is some value to human fashion after all.

Getting dogs to respect human fashion, as well as follow basic house rules and manners, can take a surprising amount of time and mental effort. As a result, I think less about food, and burn off extra calories while matching mental wills with my dogs; otherwise called dog obedience training.

Matching mental wills with my dogs; otherwise called dog obedience training.

3. A dog will teach you to relax and be Zen

Why Get a Dog – A dog will teach you to relax and be Zen.

Live in the moment, and follow your own wisdom, that is what Zen is about.

Telling someone to “live in the moment” is similar to telling someone to “buy low and sell high”. Easy to say, but very difficult to implement. Dogs, however, make living in the moment seem easy, because that is what they naturally do every second of the day.

Some people mistake this to mean that dogs do not feel or do not have memories. Quite the opposite.

Just like us, they may feel stressed, or depressed. However, the key difference is they move on and leave the past behind.

My dogs help me stay connected to the world around me. They provide me with a fun, and sometimes very demanding activity to take my mind away from my troubles. They teach me to move on and let things go, just by being who they are.

This results in less stress, less sadness, and a happier, healthier life.

Dogs, however, make living in the moment seem easy, because that is what they naturally do, every second of the day.

4. A dog will make you laugh

My dogs make me laugh every day. They are always doing silly and funny things that make me smile, even when I am troubled.

My Shiba Inu has this butt-in-the-air move (see below) that he thinks is just too hot to touch. Whenever he has an audience, he will start performing this butt-move as if to say,“look at me, I’m too sexy!”.

My Shiba Inu has this butt-in-the-air move that he thinks is just too hot to touch.

Studies have shown that there are many health benefits to laughter. It can boost our immune system and help stave off viral infections. It can help us relax, and reduce stress related illnesses (e.g. high-blood preassure, ulcers).

Laughter is also a good tonic against negative feelings such as depression, frustration and anger.       A life filled with laughter, is a good life.

 

Why Get a Dog – A dog will make you laugh.

Sonemetimes very demanding activity with my dogs, help to take my mind away from my troubles. They teach me to move on and let things go, just by being who they are.

This results in less stress, less sadness, and a happier, healthier life.

5. A dog will be your loyal friend for life

 

Dogs spend much of their lives observing us; our mannerisms, routines, and quirks. They probably understand us better than we understand ourselves.

As a result, dogs share a bond with us that is difficult to replicate with people.

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They have a natural sense of empathy, and can easily sense changes in our emotions, however slight. Thus while everyone else may be oblivious to my troubles, my dog will come over and put his head on my lap.

Strange as it may seem, dogs communicate better than people do. Although they may speak a different language, they express themselves more clearly and more truthfully. They don’t say yes when they mean no and vice versa.

                                                                         With a dog you always know where you stand.

Dogs share a bond with us that is difficult to replicate with people.

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COMMENTS FROM LOVINMYPUP,COM:

 

Bella

I have always lived in a home with one or more dogs.  As an animal lover, it is not hard to see what benefits dogs can bring to the family unit.    Bonding with a dog has been an amazing experience for me throughout my life.    As a senior.citizen, I found myself needing ambulation help.  I began by using a cane and/or walker to get around.     I decided to look into service dogs, their training, and their assistance.   I had just purchased a puppy. so i decided to sign her up for the first step towards certification- Basic obedience.   She did so well that I decided to continue with her training.  Bella is now 7 years old and my soul mate.  Our bond is amazing !  She helps me up steps,  walking on grass (uneven surfaces.) and more.   I don’t know what I would do without her.   She is my angel!   This article talks about the joy of  bringing  a pup into your family.

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                                              Make sure you share your love with them each and every day!

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