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My Furshine Superhero
How Dogs Help Us and the Many Advantages of Having One in the Family
By Luis Zaragoza Posted in Non-fiction 7 min read
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My Furshine Superhero

by Luis Zaragoza

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Chapter 1: Benefits of Owning a Family Pet Dog

Having a dog has numerous advantages. Children learn essential life skills from dogs, such as compassion, patience, respect, responsibility, and trust. While dogs provide many benefits to children, children also have a lot to offer the pet in your household. Both children and dogs love high- intensity play and have a cuddle buddy while sleeping. Millions of people around the world adore their pets, enjoy their company, go on walks with them, play with them, and even talk to them. Animals are increasingly included in family events and have grown in importance to all family members. This is especially true in single-parent households, where a dog can be a wonderful friend for children. Owning a pet dog can improve your health and your way of life. We would like to share some of the advantages of having a dog as a family member with you.

Dogs Get Us Moving and Keep Us Healthy

Dogs help us increase our physical activity while also providing other health benefits. Our dog companions need a regular walk, so we are obliged to go out in the fresh air, even if it’s raining or blowing a gale. Dog owners may also choose leisure activities that incorporate their four-legged companion, such as long hikes in the countryside.

If it were not for our family dog, I would be a lot less likely to go for a walk or trek. When she knows we are going out, she knows which shoes and trousers to wear for walking and hiking, and she goes nuts if I do not put her harness on. Part of what motivates me to get out of the door in the first place is the thrill of the chase.

A Liverpool study exploring the advantages of owning a dog, specifically the relationship between having a pet and physical activity levels, found that dog owners are more likely than non- dog owners to meet physical activity guidelines. They walk about 200 minutes more every week than non-dog owners. Having a dog forces us to be more active in our daily lives, whether we’re walking, running, trekking, or even throwing a ball in the backyard.

Petting a dog can also help us relieve stress after a long day. According to studies, petting a dog lowers blood pressure more than conversing with someone about their day. It’s because dogs don’t respond; they simply listen!

Dogs Are Excellent Stress Relievers

Even for moms and dads, pets can be a fantastic stress reliever. With parents working full-time and being pushed in various directions, snuggling with a cat, dog, or other furry creature can be more beneficial than you realize.

Dogs are sensitive, so if you have a bad day or aren’t feeling well, you’ll find that they’ll be right there with you, displaying great empathy. Then, of course, we respond to it, not always deliberately, but you will sense something staring at you and you begin to relax.

Dogs Can Provide Security

Dogs have a reputation for forming profound relationships with kids, which is terrific news for any parent obsessed with their baby’s development.

Having a dog as a companion can effectively protect children from harassment and violence. Knowing that you have someone guarding the house at night and when you are away during the day may also help you feel at ease.

If you are looking for a guard dog, German shepherds, Rottweilers, and Doberman pinschers are all terrific family dogs with protective and loyal tendencies.

Well-trained guard dogs identify thieves, but they will not be hostile or aggressive in their daily life. They will be faithful to their pack, sensitive to your children, and able to protect them in the event of danger.

Emotional Connections

When people have an emotional bond with their dogs, they get numerous health benefits. And we are particularly concerned about animals that live with us. A study of dog connections found that some people cared more about their house dogs than those who stayed in the yard. Compared to those with weaker relationships with their dogs, those with higher levels of affection for them are more likely to walk their dogs and spend more time on those walks.

Having a dog in your life has been linked to a lower risk of coronary artery disease, lower stress levels, and more excellent physical activity (mainly through dog walking). The presence of a dog during stressful activities has been shown to reduce blood pressure in couples participating in stressful activities. During loving interactions, both humans and their dogs’ oxytocin, beta-endorphin, and dopamine levels are altered, among other variables. In other words, that time spent together is physiologically beneficial for both. Having a dog has been linked to a higher chance of surviving cardiovascular disease in older people (aged 65 to 84) who are being treated for hypertension.

Dogs Are Good for Kids’ Development

When it comes to explaining the life cycle, nothing beats a pet. Dogs are frequently the first loss that children experience. A pet is standard for that first loss, whether it’s your goldfish or your hamster. It ultimately helps us develop the strategies and internal mechanisms we’ll need later in life. This is an extraordinary moment for parents to explain the concepts of birth and death to their children.

Having a family dog can help children develop faster socially and academically than their peers who do not have pets.

Increase self-esteem

Allowing your children to participate in the dog’s care in age- appropriate ways can give them a sense of success and help them become more self-reliant. Even toddlers can be trained to put a bowl of food on the floor or pet a dog gently. Allowing your children to take the dog outdoors on their own is a terrific approach to help them gain independence securely if they are old enough. Dogs provide unconditional love, which can help your children gain confidence and love for themselves and others.

Teach responsibility

Getting your youngster involved in the dog’s care will help them become more responsible. Assign a chore, such as going for a stroll, putting toys away, or feeding breakfast or dinner. If you have a large family, divide, and conquer the responsibilities throughout the week. These duties are more than chores; they are satisfying and confidence-building aspects of caring for another living being.

Improve social and communication skills

Studies have shown that animals, such as dogs, help children with autism to become more engaging, social, and less apprehensive. Because children like to communicate with animals, having a dog can help children of all ages learn new words and enhance their communication skills. As compassionate, understanding, and caring creatures, dogs can assist youngsters in becoming more compassionate, understanding, and loving of animals and other humans.

Dogs Encourage You to Be More Active

Some people’s lifestyles are becoming more sedentary; any motivation to spend time outside is good. If you have a pet, especially a dog, it will force you to go out at least twice a day.

Normally, I would not consider going to the beach down the block, but I know my dog would enjoy it, so we end up going. Dogs are simple to integrate into a busy family. Swimming, hiking, riding, and running are all excellent ways to include your dog in your family’s favorite activities.

Pets provide many benefits and may bring a lot of joy to any family. However, it is critical to conduct as much research and investigation as possible to locate the ideal pet for your family. Although adopting a pet is a significant commitment, the benefits to your family are well worth the effort.

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