The saying ‘dogs are a man’s best friend’ is perhaps the most accurate sayings used to describe our furry friends. Doggo’s can provide us with both physical and psychological benefits. Fewer doctors visit? Yes please. Greater overall health? Yes please. Doggo’s are the answer. 

As we are now in the busiest time of the year, the festive season creates an abundance of stress for most. But with your pooch by your side that stress can be significantly lowered. Below we list the physical and psychological benefits. 

 

Physical Benefits 

Increased Exercise 

To keep your pooch healthy and give them the best life possible, they must get their daily exercise. In turn, you too should be reaching your exercise goals, whether that be a walk with your pooch or a beach swim. 

Better Heart Health 

Research has found that dog owners are more likely to have lower blood pressure, reduced cholesterol, and decreased triglyceride levels. So if you have a pooch you more likely to have a stronger, healthier heart! 

Reduced Allergies 

Back in the 90’s, people believed that owning a dog increased the likelihood of developing allergies. Fortunately, recent research has found this to be completely incorrect. In fact, owning a dog or cat decrease the chance of having allergies to pets by up to 33%. 

 

Psychological Benefits 

Improved Social Life

Those with a furry friend are also more likely to gain more…less hairy friends. Doggo owners are 40% more likely to make friends more easily due to their fur-baby. This is due to fur-parents being more likely to connect with other dog owners at dog-parks, during walks or dog-friendly events. To make it even easier for you to improve your social life with fellow doggo owners, the PatchPets app provides you with ample opportunities to find new dog parks and dog-friendly businesses around you, and thus new friends. The PatchPets App is available for iOS and Android. 

 Reduced Stress

If you have a furry friend in your life, you know how quickly they can help de-escalate your stress levels. This is due to the increased levels of serotonin and dopamine released when petting a dog. Research has even found that people are more likely to perform better in stressful situations if a doggo is present! 

Reduced depression

Fur-parents depressive episodes can be significantly improved with the help of their furry friends. Specifically, owners have reported feeling less depressed and appear to cope with stress, grief or loss more successfully than non-pet owners. 

So, next time you go to pet your fur-baby or spend extra time walking them, remember all the good physical and psychological benefits they provide. To find the best places to take you pooch for exercise make sure you download the PatchPets App (iOS and Android).