How does dog ownership improve human wellbeing?

1 in 3 Irish households are dog owners, but many are not aware of the amazing health and wellbeing benefits of their loyal companion.

Whether it is their happy little faces or the unconditional love they show, dogs are truly man’s best friend. And it is proven that dogs can reduce stress and anxiety, so snuggling up on a sofa with a dog after a stressful day at work is known to help put people at ease.

“Dogs can bring so much joy into our life, but they can do a lot more than just comfort us” says Alex Bennett, Head of Marketing at leading pet insurer petGuard. “Our 4-legged friends can have a significant impact on our health and wellbeing” he adds.

Ahead of World Wellbeing Week, leading pet insurer petGuard is keen to highlight the 5 benefits of owning a dog on the body and mind.

World Wellbeing Week is coming up on 27th of June. As it turns out that living with a dog does wonders. So, if you’re thinking about getting a four-legged friend, then here are five of the best reasons to welcome in a canine companion.

Dogs help keep you active

One of the biggest reasons why people decide to get a dog is to get a little more exercise on daily basis. Exercise is great for both physical and mental well-being, but sometimes it can be difficult to get motivated to get outdoors for a good walk.

All dogs need some form of regular exercise – and young pups need quite a lot! Heading out for a good walk or even spending time playing with a dog will contribute towards not only their physical development but owners too.

Dogs can help people to socialise

Another great benefit to owning a dog is the boost it can have on people’s social life. They quickly get to know a few familiar faces when out for a walk and they might even make a few friends.

Lots of young dogs love socialising, and it gives dog owners something to chat about. Dogs are always a great conversation topic.

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