15 Reasons You Need A Dog In Your Life

15 Reasons You Need A Dog In Your Life

For most of us there is no need to be convinced, we know that life with a dog in it is so much better than not having our furry friends around! For those who still need to be won over, we have 15 very good reasons for you…

1. They Empathize With Human Pain
In a study released by Goldsmiths College it showed more dogs will approach someone who’s crying or in distress than someone who is not. This shows that dogs are empathetic and are eager to help comfort humans in pain.

2. They Can Detect Cancer
Due to their incredible sense of smell, dogs have shown anywhere from 70 to 99% accuracy (depending on the study) when tasked with detecting lung cancer in a nearby patient.

3. They Reduce Work Stress
The International Journal of Workplace Health Management has discovered that workers who bring their dog to their office have less stress and are happier with their job, simply because their dog is nearby.

4. Detect Seizures Before They Happen
Recent research has shown certain dogs are able to warn seizure patients that they’re going to experience an attack, sometimes hours before it even happens. Nobody yet knows how they do it, or why only certain dogs are capable. They also can’t be trained to do it, so if you need a seizure-sniffing dog, you need to find yourself a natural.

5. Help Babies Stay Healthy By Being Dirty
A recent study has shown that babies with dogs are actually healthier than those without dogs, reporting fewer coughs, runny noses, and ear infections. The reason, researchers believe, is because dogs will track in dirt, mud, and other germ-infested bits of earth, thereby boosting the child’s immune system.

6. Help You Stay In Shape
A study from the University of London has determined that kids with dogs are more active, and exercise more often, than kids without dogs. After all, it’s a lot more fun running after your dog than sitting on the sofa all day!

7. Detect Low Blood Sugar
Dogs are famous for their acute sense of smell and can do even more with it; they can also detect low blood sugar in their owner. They will either alert the person that their sugar has dropped, or if a diabetic attack has already occurred, will bark and bark and bark in an attempt to alert somebody to come help.

8. Help You Stay Away From Allergens
Food allergies are nothing to sneeze at; luckily, dogs have been shown they can be trained to detect some of them. So if you’re allergic to peanut butter, the dog will alert you if it detects anything with the scent of peanut in the room. Same with any other thing that might be harmful.

9. Help You Be More Social
The British Medical Journal has concluded that dogs act as “social catalysts” who help people get out more, approach others more easily, and overall reduce isolation. This is actually more important than the basic companionship that dogs provide, as human social support is more beneficial to our health

10. Help Prevent Eczema In Kids
In a surprising twist, it might actually be beneficial to get a dog for your baby, even if they’re allergic. Studies have shown that children under the age of one who live with a dog are much less likely to develop the chronic and annoying skin condition called eczema.

11. Heal Wounds Simply By Kissing You
A dog kissing you obviously feels wonderful, but it might actually have physical benefits too. Studies have shown that saliva, both the human and dog variety, can help stimulate nerves and muscles, and get oxygen moving again, which is the secret ingredient in helping wounds to heal. In short, “licking your wounds” is not just a cliché after all.

12. Make Their Elderly Owners Go To The Doctor Less
Almost certainly due to the positive vibes and good feelings that dogs bring out of their owners, even in the worst of times, studies have found that older people who own dogs average at least one less doctor appointment per year than those who do not.

13. Aid With Depression
Day-to-day depression, or even more serious chronic depression, is easier to handle with the love of a dog, studies show. Simply by having them around, and knowing that even at our worst, somebody loves us unconditionally and is eager to see us happy again, we’re given a reason to get up and keep going.

14. Comfort Children With Autism
Autistic children often find the world very stressful, in ways that the non-autistic can’t understand. Luckily, a dog can. Studies are showing that bringing a therapy dog into an autistic household helps to reduce the amount of cortisol (a stress hormone) in the autistic child’s body. This both calms the child down and shows him that he has a friend.

15. Help People With Dementia Live A Better Life
Dogs have shown that they can help keep dementia sufferers on schedule, reminding them when it’s time for medicine and when to see the doctor. In addition, when the owner experiences frustration over the state of their mind, the “dementia dog” is right there to support them, comfort them, and remind them that someone’s always there for them.