It’s often the simple things that make life better. We’re all different and for others it will be something else that will inject a little happiness in their lives. For those of us that have some life experience, we know that money cannot buy joy and satisfaction. Having real friends that care about you and would do anything to make you happy, is better than any amount of zeros in your bank account. A furry friend is right at the top of that list. Dogs really are a man’s best friend. They’re loyal, tough and always caring. Not forgetting they yap a lot, especially when the Postman is at the door…or anyone for that matter. They give back as much love as they receive…unless your name is Robb… They won’t talk about you behind your back, they won’t switch sides in an argument, they’ll always be by your side…and under your feet. Getting a pooch is going to make your life more amazing. You have every right to be sceptical, but there are just too many reasons why a dog will make you happier than you’ve ever been.
A smile that melts stress
A dog’s smile is without hidden meaning. It’s never fake and contrived. A dog has no filter, so you will always get true emotions from your lovable furball. It’s been scientifically proven that spending time with a dog will lower your stress levels. Petting or playing with your dog will increase levels of the chemicals dopamine and serotonin. Both are released by the brain for feelings of pleasure and calmness. There are a few reasons why this occurs. For one, dogs are furry creatures and the textures of their coats feel great on our hands. Their soft sleek coats are also great at trapped heat so they’re also warm. It’s an almost irresistible combination. Human beings are visual animals so when we can see a dog wagging its tail, we know that the pooch is having a good time. Being surrounded by happiness will often mean it rubs off on you too.
Always waiting for you
Ask any dog owner what’s the best part of coming home from work and they’ll tell you the same thing. Our dogs are always waiting for us. They never get bored of seeing us walk through the front door. It will never be stale, to see your dog wagging its tail when it sees your car pull up outside. They’ll jump up and try to kiss your face and walk right up against you when you arrive home. Loyal and always full of positive energy, dogs make coming home from work and long trips all the more enjoyable. The reason why they do this is that they’re pack animals. They see their human owner, as the leader of their pack. So when you come home after some time away, they welcome their leader back with open arms, every single time. Unless your name is Rolly and you decide to sulk for a couple of hours after we get back from holiday…
Not fussy eaters
Dogs are known for their rough and tough attitude when it comes to food. They’ll eat almost anything you put in front of them. There are some things you should never feed your dog, but for the most part, they will be happy with a typical meat and vegetable meal. It’s also cheaper than ever to feed your dog thanks to nutritious dry foods. The next time you’re shopping in a Pet Store, try to find the James Wellbeloved grain-free adult dog food. The different flavors include fish, turkey and lamb, all of which have been mixed with vegetables. It’s recommended that you give your dog 2 meals a day. Preferably, once during midday and once during the late evening. For a medium-sized dog, on average you should provide around 360g of dry feed per dry-feed only meals. Thanks to the 10kg bags this brand sells, your dog can have 27 dry-feed meals for just £44.99. You should also be giving your dog raw meat like chicken or beef. In general, your dog won’t mind what you give him or her as long as there is plenty of protein and vegetables. Rolly’s favourite is Spag Bol…but I drink his wine!
Encouragement of self-health
Dogs also break us out of bad routines. Getting up in the morning to go to work, coming back home and going to bed is not an active lifestyle. We get used to this kind of life because work and running errands are so time-consuming. However, if you have a dog at home, he or she will want to go for a walk at least twice a day. They’re full of energy, always ready to go for a quick jog or walk around the neighborhood. Their ears are bolt upright, they’re sniffing the streets and they’re wagging their tail like nobody’s business. Your pet pooch will encourage you to live a healthier lifestyle and care more about your own physical wellbeing. Dogs can also act as natural alarm clocks. If you’re having a lazy lie-in, your furry friend will come to your bed and start licking your face. He or she wants to go for a walk in the bright morning sunshine. Thanks to their happy faces and contagious energy, you’ll want to get up out of bed, get dressed and go out for a brisk morning walk. If you have children, they’ll also be more inclined to run around and play with their dog.
Always ready to help
Dogs are selfless creatures. They will do anything for you as part of their undying loyalty to their owner. One of the ways that a dog can make your family’s life easier is by helping those with disabilities. If you have a child that is hard of hearing or is blind, a guide dog is a brilliant way to help them get around on their own. Guide dogs are very special animals because they have been trained from birth to look and listen for danger while out with their owners. They are your eyes and ears that will prevent you from being hurt when trying to cross the street as well as avoid hazards on the pavement as you walk to the grocery store. Guide dogs are also taught to be calm which then rubs off on their owners which is so helpful if you’re blind or deaf.
The great protector
You may think that your fuzzy ball of fur is kind and gentle, but inside him or her is a great protector instinct. Dogs make excellent home watch guards. They will stand to attention and alert your family if they suspect an intruder is trying to get into the house. Or in Rolly’s case, nibble on the builders ankles when he’s trying to get some water from the outside tap…This is excellent if you live alone because due to your dog’s barks you will be given just enough time to react and call the police to your house. Equally as important is the dog’s sixth sense. Either by their sense of smell, hearing or some other primordial senses, dogs instinctively know when something is out of place. If you’re walking home one day with your dog and a burglar has been inside your home, your dog will let you know even before you get your keys out of your pocket. Dogs will warn you to get away from danger. Even more astonishing, dogs will often charge at intruders and other people who are trying to do harm to you.
If all of these reasons aren’t going to convince you that getting a dog will change your life for the positive, then nothing will. Dogs are incredibly loyal and loving, but they will improve your life in ways you didn’t think possible. Since dogs need to go for a walk twice a day, you’re more likely to start living a healthier lifestyle. Your family will get a friend for life, who will guard and protect them at all times.