Believe it or not, those fuzzy and furry bundles have a lot more to offer than what meets the eye.
Lots of interesting research has and is still being done on the benefits of owning and caring for man's best friend, the canine!
Here are a few fun facts:
- Individuals who own and walk their dogs engage in more physical activity and as a result meet the national guidelines for physical activity more often.
- Children whose families own dogs are more active than those without. This research suggests that canines could be of great assistance when finding innovative ways to combat the childhood obesity epidemic.
- Dog ownership can assist young children with a high risk for allergies in preventing certain conditions like eczema (a chronic skin condition).
- Dogs assist individuals in coping with chronic disease and provide promise for innovative treatment programs. We all know that having a loved one to hold and cuddle does have its benefits.
As the above information indicates, dogs are clearly much more than man's best friend. They have the ability to significantly improve our health and quality of life throughout the lifespan. If you've been wondering if you should take the leap and adopt another best friend go for it! After all, it will be good for your health!
As Emerson once said, "The First Wealth is Health".