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Benefits of Having a Dog in the Home

Aug 18, 2007
If you don't already own a dog, you should. For those that already have a pet you are already aware of the benefits of having a dog in the home. For those of you that don't have a dog read on to find out why you should.

There's nothing quite as exciting as bringing your new family member home. Whether you have adopted a stray or you have purchased a puppy it does not matter, both will provide you with unconditional love whether you are 1 or 100. Besides unconditional love there are plenty of other benefits of having a dog in the home.

Health is probably the topic that's most talked about these days. That's because studies have shown some remarkable data on pets and health such as a reduced risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. 28% percent of people that are hospitalized for heart disease are still alive one year later, while only 6% of those that did not have a dog survived a full year.

A dog will also help reduce stress in your life and overcome feelings of isolation if you live on your own. You've had a horrible day, you're ready to scream, and you walk in the door greeted by Fido with wagging tail. What happens to your stress? Why it just seems to melt away.

Studies have also shown a lower level of triglycerides and cholesterol in those that have a dog. There also seems to be a reduction in blood pressure. This means if you already have a dog you are less likely to suffer from heart disease. It also means if you already have heart disease maybe the best medicine for you is a new puppy. At least it's a great excuse to get a new friend.

Dogs also make wonderful companions. The first step is to decide which breed matches your personality. Remember your new friend is going to be part of the family for as many as 16 years bringing you love, friendship, and companionship. Do your research before you buy. This is a life long commitment. Your dog is a living creature that requires your care. The two of you will build a lasting friendship that will be hard to explain to anyone that doesn't have a dog of their own.

When choosing your long term companion choose the puppy that connects with you. We've all experienced it at some point in our life when one of the puppies seems to pick you and there's an instant bond. That's the puppy you want.

Your dog will also be a protector to you. Don't make the mistake of thinking that you need a big dog for it to be a protector. Sure a big dog is much more intimidating to a stranger, however a small dog can make noise and warn you of a potential problem. Besides small dogs are more likely to nip at strangers than a big dog is. So don't let size be your total guide to choosing a dog as a protector. Of course if you need true protection from physical threats then you should be looking at German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Rottweiler's to name just a few breeds known for their protective nature.

The benefits of having a dog in the home are obvious. Now the only question left is what dog will you choose?
About the Author
Terry Fitzroy is an avid animal lover. Pet questions, cat questions, and dog questions are his main article territory.
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