- Posted by Emma Witkowski
- On May 3, 2016
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- companionship, dog-walking, dogs, health, health benefits, Toronto, toronto dog walking, walking
Taking care of a dog can be a lot of work. Let me repeat that. A LOT OF WORK. Cleaning, walking, vet visits, grooming, baths, nail cuts, teeth brushing, feeding…sigh. And what have they ever done for us?!
Turns out they do a lot for us, actually.
Here are five benefits of dog ownership.
1) Improved cardiovascular health
Studies have shown that owning a dog leads to lower heart rates, cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure…which means, having Fido around = lower risk of heart attacks.
2) Healthy lifestyle changes
Getting a dog requires you to look after it responsibly, and most dogs need a couple walks a day. Dog owners are more likely to meet their daily exercise needs. Daily 20-minute walks are also linked to weight loss with no diet changes.
Dogs = magical marathon powers
3) Feeling more connected
We’ve written about how dogs are the best ice breakers. Going out with your furry buddy will start a lot more relaxed, genuine conversations.
4) Improved mood and reduced anxiety
Petting a dog can raise serotonin, dopamine, and endorphin levels. Happy hormones! These bad boys make you feel calm, soothed, and happy. Studies have shown that dog owners have calmer, soothier, happier stress responses than those who don’t.
Going hand-in-hand with the improved mood and reduced anxiety, dogs can combat feelings of loneliness. Especially important in vulnerable populations!
Walk My Dog Toronto offers dog-walking services in downtown Toronto. With easy online booking, we walk your dog while you are busy or at work. We give your dog love, socialization, and exercise, and we keep in touch with you every step of the way with our walk tracker.