There are so many reasons to get a dog! Being a dog owner changes your life in so many rewarding ways including keeping you fit and giving you companionship. Of course there are downside. Yes, it can be expensive and can be more difficult to travel (though not impossible!) I’m on my 4th dog now – one for every decade of my life – and in my opinion, the reasons to get a dog outweigh the reasons not to.
5 Reasons to get a Dog
#1 Health – A dog will keep you Physically Fit
Health was one of my top reasons to get a dog. There’s no excuse for not going out when those cute furry brown eyes are looking up at you. All dogs need to be exercised daily and if you get a very active breed such as a Patterdale terrier, you will need to walk twice daily and include some extended hikes in there too! It will keep you physically fit if you have a dog to walk. The steps on my Fitbit went from an average of about 3000 a day to around 8-10,000 a day when I got Blake!
There are times when you are stuck in the house on your own and need a friend – a furry friend can be the best type of companion! When you develop a bond with your dog, he (or she) will rarely want to leave your side. It’s unlimited and unconditional love, and it’s AMAZING! My dog stayed by my side most of the time when I had a major operation. My previous dog did the same thing when I was sick. When you have a dog, you’re never really on your own.
#3 They Lower Stress Levels
The simple act of stroking a dog has been scientifically proven to lower stress levels. Dogs can also help you to combat depression because they give you a reason to get up and ready and out of the house every day.
#4 They make Good Guard Dogs
Dogs will bark and let you know when there is someone at the door and are likely to go absolutely crazy if someone is trying to break in. When I got my house burgled, I asked the policeman if I should get an alarm or CCTV and he answered, ‘just get a dog love!’ It’s in their instinct to guard and with a dog around, you and your property will be safer.
#5 Dogs are Great for Social Interaction
Dogs need socialisation and training, which means you are out and about meeting people yourself. Dog walkers stop and talk to other dog walkers. It’s always a wonderful start to the day when you have a park walk and everyone you pass smiles at your dogs and nods saying ‘morning!’ While your dogs are playing you are socialising too. I’ve met some great people at dog training class and also in the park!
You might also like to read 10 reasons why I love to own a Patterdale Terrier.