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Top Three Reasons For Owning a Dog

By Edited Oct 22, 2016 7 18

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Companionship - It may be that they don’t understand everything you say to them, but dogs do respond to tone of voice and know that being affectionate with their owner is part of the deal. Not like cats that only know cupboard love and only come around when they want something. Dogs often have that ‘I love you’ look in their eyes whereas cats will watch you doing something and you just know they are thinking ‘I would do it like that’ or if you are painting they are saying ‘You missed a bit’.

It is surely the number one reason that people own dogs, the friendship aspect and it is true that the dog is mans’s best friend. You can talk to them and pet them and send them running off after a stick or a ball. In the evening because they are a social animal they will want to have some contact with you. Some owners let the dogs be a complete part of the family with access to the sofa too. I don’t allow my dog on the sofa and certainly not allowed to lie on the bed. Again some dog owners like to let the dog sleep in the same room, personally I think that is going a step too far.

Fitness - Having a dog of a reasonable size means that they need some exercise. You have to take them out walkies, they will insist. Mostly it is so that they can do their business but also so that they can do the sniffing and exploring. While you are walking the dog you are also getting out into the fresh air too. Walking is good for you and gets the blood moving around your body and the air in and out of your lungs. Cardiovascular training by dog walking. You can even do some running with the dog, the dog will keep up with you and run alongside at your heel. I know some people will also take out the bicycle and have the dog get more exercise. It really depends on the size of the dog. I know some people cheat when they have a huge dog by driving the car and the dog is well exercised. For that it has to be a big dog and on roads or tracks where there is no other traffic. It might be good for the dog but for the owner it is cheating.

Health - There is evidence that people with dogs are healthier overall. Partly because of the extra fitness by getting the fresh air and walks, but also because dogs have germs and things that are around you too and you build up an immunity. Despite being as clean as you can be with having a dog in the house, there will be extra bacteria that will be beneficial in a roundabout sort of way. Dogs will lick you, some dogs are more likely than others to do that but overall it is good for you. Despite what you might think when the dog comes and gives you a big smackerooney all over your face when you weren’t expecting it. A sloppy wet tongue, a cold nose and dog breath in your face could actually be good for you, despite your protests.

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Comments

Jun 22, 2011 6:46pm
Deborah-Diane
This is a charming article about dog ownership ... and I love your photo! I suggested that it become a featured article.
Jul 29, 2011 8:55am
southerngirl09
I, too, think dogs are good for you. Liked this article very much, and it is a great Featured Article. Thanks for sharing.
Jul 29, 2011 2:14pm
kvn8533
Great artilce, I couldn't agree more in regards to the health benefit. I live in the Midwest and if it wasn't for my dog I would not go outside much during the winter months, however seeing that sad look on my dogs face when she doesn't get a walk drives me to get my butt outside and walk her. Huge health benefit and potentially a cost benefit if you consider fewer health problems for the dog owner because of the physical excercise.
Jul 29, 2011 3:27pm
hayleyjayne1987
great article! I totally agree with the health and fitness benefits..I have two young children and they love running around on the fields with our dog...its also a great way to get my man out of the house since he lost his job...great health benefits all round there!!...thanks for sharing!! xxx
Jul 29, 2011 4:25pm
Jerky
I love the "It's a great way to get my man out of the house since he lost his job"! When I left "corporate America" it was a weird feeling and I felt lost, confused and weird. So my brother asked me to walk his dog. So I did. Then we started running instead of walking. A few years later and I still ask him if I can stop by and borrow his dog for a run :)
Jul 29, 2011 4:23pm
Jerky
I absolutely LOVE dogs, so this article instantly caught my attention as the new features on the IB front page (congrats, by the way!). I think back to growing up, and simply can't imagine childhood without the wonderful dogs we had. They were part of the family and, in an odd way, taught us about unconditional love in ways that no person ever could.
Jul 29, 2011 4:43pm
Spondicious
I have had a few dogs - this one was abused by a previous owner and was a psychological wreck when we got her. Took at least six months for here to get to be OK with us. Still can be nervous with somethings after being with us for three years now. Still doesn't like men she doesn't know, nor bicycles or motorbikes.

At least now she does like to play and is lots more affectionate that when she arrived. Still will not come back if she is called if I let her off the lead - well at least not until she is ready. Still some work to be done with her.
Aug 4, 2011 12:26pm
Catherine_Daly
Love this article- Reminds me of what I said to someone from the pet-shelter who wanted quites from owners for some publicity thing:
A dog will always give you way more than you give him/her.
Aug 4, 2011 12:29pm
Tuks
I have a dog and all what's written in this article here is true :)
Aug 4, 2011 4:16pm
barcan
thanks for this post
Aug 4, 2011 4:19pm
gliitzz
Very good article! Doggie looks so cute!!
Aug 5, 2011 3:56am
Spondicious
I just got back from taking her for a walk - She is a cheeky little puppy and has her way of talking to me and demanding that I take her out. Besides sometimes she will come in and drop a stinker and then I surely have the message.
Aug 6, 2011 5:50pm
delo1
Yes,dogs can be an important part of any family, I know that my dog is very special to me. She used to sit next to my late husband's wheel chair and keep him company. She now 'cares' for me. If there is a strange noise in the night and she doesn't worry then neither do I! Thank you for your article Spondicious.
Aug 8, 2011 2:50pm
jangilmer
It's not true that cats only come to you when they want food, etc. I have 7 cats and 3 dogs and at least 1/2 my cats are VERY affectionate and want to be with me a lot. All animals are good for your health in so many ways - but them licking your face is NOT one of them (it's a good way to get not so healthy bacteria spread) it is a misconception that dog's 'kisses' are clean -- the love they are showing you may be a health benefit, the saliva they are sharing is not.

You also do not need a big dog to get exercise - all animals (humans included)no matter their size/breed need exercise and I know quite a few that walk their cats on leashes.

You have some good points in your article, but you have some misconceptions and falsehoods too. All different breeds of animals can provide companionship and health benefits.
Aug 8, 2011 7:42pm
Spondicious
Dog owners build up a resistance to the germs that dogs have. Cats do the licking thing too. If you wrap yourself in a hyper clean bubble as soon as you step outside of it you are likely to suffer the effects of contacts with germs that don't bother the animal owners of the world.

Walking a cat on a leash is just plain ridiculous - but each to their own....

It is true that you have 'Dog people' and 'Cat people' and I like my dog. Used to like cats but now prefer the mutt in the house.
Aug 12, 2011 10:06am
dhanson5
This is a great article Thanks for writing it. I see the benefit in the fitness category daily as my dog is also my exercise partner.
Aug 12, 2011 11:47am
danmont
Having a dog is a great way to get some exercise, plus they give you great company. Very good article.
Jul 3, 2012 5:23am
atthed
I like your article. My dog gives me all three, she is bit bigger than she was in the foto left but still makes me see the lighter side of everything.
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