5 Benefits of Dog Ownership for the Whole Family

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There are many benefits of owning a dog, and they extend well beyond just providing companionship.

Dogs offer love and support, provide exercise for their owners, and can even help children learn responsibility. In fact, there are so many benefits that  having a dog  is good for the whole family… Here are some of the top reasons why everyone in your family should have a furry friend.

1. Unconditional Companionship and Love

There are many benefits to owning a dog, but one of the most important is the companionship and love that they provide. 

For many people, their dog is their best friend and confidante. They provide an unwavering source of support and love, no matter what life throws your way.

Dogs also offer a sense of security and can help reduce feelings of loneliness or isolation. In fact, studies have shown that dog owners are more likely to report higher levels of satisfaction with their lives than those who do not own a dog. 

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The benefits are even more pronounced for our older family members. Studies have shown that dogs can improve cognitive function in seniors, and even help to stave off dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. For all these reasons, owning a dog can be an excellent way for seniors to improve their health and wellbeing.

So if you're looking for someone to share your life with, consider adopting a furry friend (and if you’re a senior, consider these top dog breeds for seniors). You might just find the perfect companion.


For SpotOn dog owner Tyranny from NY, she just could not fathom the thought of her home without a canine companion. Having had a lab before, she researched big breed dogs with a similar personality, and discovered a Leonberger. She fell head over heels with Clara the moment she saw her, and knew Clara would be a very special addition to the family. Read Clara’s story.

2. Reduced Stress and Anxiety

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When it comes to improving one's physical health, dogs offer a wealth of benefits. For starters, spending time with a dog can help to reduce stress and anxiety. This is because dogs provide companionship and a sense of comfort and security.


Routines are healthy for humans when it comes to managing stress and sticking to lifestyles that support good health. Turns out it’s pretty much the same for dogs. So  why not take that adventure together? Read more about healthy routines for dogs (and for you).

3. Improved Physical Health

In addition to reducing stress, owning a dog can also lead to improved physical health.  Dogs require regular walks and exercise, which helps to keep the body fit and strong. You’re more motivated to get moving if your dog is begging to go out!

Plus, simply having the companionship of a beloved animal can help to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure, leading to fewer incidents of heart disease and other health problems. 

 

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So whether you're an avid runner looking for a partner on your morning jog or someone looking for an easier way to stay active and healthy, having a dog is definitely one of the best decisions you can make.

Dogs keep kids active too! The everyday walking & all-out play! ‘Callie’s favorite activity is chasing a soccer ball and “playing” soccer with the kids. She is the best defender!’ Read Callie’s story.

4. Increased Socialization

One of the most commonly cited benefits is that it can increase socialization. This is because dog owners often walk their dogs in public areas, providing opportunities for them to meet new people. 

In addition, dogs are known for being friendly and outgoing, which can make it easier for their owners to strike up conversations with strangers. Research has even shown that owning a dog can help reduce stress and loneliness, both of which can lead to social isolation. Therefore, if you're looking for ways to improve your social life, owning a dog may be a good option.


For SpotOn owner Clayton, his daughter knew he loved English Setters, and once retired, he had more time on his hands. She knew he needed a hunting companion and introduced him to a local English Setter, which got him hooked on the idea. Read Dobbin’s story

5. Hands-on Responsibility for Children

Caring for and training a dog is a great way to teach kids about responsibility and respect for all living things. 

Owning a dog is a lot of work, but it can also be incredibly rewarding. Caring for a pet requires regular feeding, walking, and grooming, which helps kids to develop a sense of routine. They also learn to be patient as they wait for their furry friend to learn tricks or obey commands. In addition, dogs provide companionship and unconditional love, which can help kids to feel secure and loved. 

As children grow up and take on more responsibilities, having a dog can help them to remember the importance of taking care of others.


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While both these babies are a little young to take care of each other, they are already fast friends. The family likes to think that they are “puppies” together, and whenever the baby is outside, Ursa is usually right by his side, looking out for him. Read Ursa’s story.


Plus… Fun for the Whole Family!

Owning a dog can provide benefits for the whole family, both physically and emotionally. 

Dogs offer companionship, exercise, and love that can improve everyone’s mood and well-being. If you’re considering adding a furry friend to your home, consider these benefits to make the decision process even easier.

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And when you’re ready, here’s some Backyard Games for the whole family, that reinforce training skills while having fun.

And remember, even if things don’t go perfectly at first, with patience and perseverance your new four-legged family member will soon become an integral part of your household!


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Rebekah Pierce is a writer in upstate New York, just north of the Adirondack Mountains. She holds both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education degree. In addition to writing, she also owns a farm, where she grows a variety of plants and raises chickens, pigs, and sheep. Her writing interests cover everything from farming and gardening to education, health and wellness, and business. She writes regularly for her own blog, J&R Pierce Family Farm, as well as for California Mobility.



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