According To Science, Owning A Dog Is Good For Your Overall Health
From the time I was a small child, my family has always owned dogs. I can’t imagine not having a dog in my life. When I’m feeling sad, my dog senses it. Every time I walk through the door, my dog is so excited to see me. And walking my dog through our neighborhood is one of my favorite parts of each day. As it turns out, the way you feel about owning a dog isn’t just personal – it’s backed up by science.
A recent study conducted by the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom found that people who own dogs are more likely to meet physical activity guidelines than people who don’t own dogs. Researchers observed 191 dog owners and 455 non-owners to study the physical differences between dog owners and people who don’t own dogs.
Interestingly enough, researchers didn’t just study the people in each home who were primarily responsible for their dog’s care. They also studied the other family members in the home, including children. Researchers discovered dog owners were far more likely to walk for recreation and longer periods of time than people who don’t own dogs. Dog owners were also four times more likely to meet the UK’s recommended goal of 150 weekly minutes of physical activity.
Children in households with dogs were also found to be more active. And if you’ve ever owned a dog before, you don’t need me to tell you that the mental and emotional benefits even outweigh the physical ones. There are so many benefits to owning a furry friend, but be sure you have the time, disposition, and money to do so before welcoming a dog into your home.