Dogs routinely rank in the top tier of most popular pets. Around 50% of American households have at least one dog. If you aren’t part of this statistic, you may be wondering what more than half the country knows that you don’t.

Well, there are several incredible reasons to get a dog.

If you think you might be interested in joining the K-9 community, read on. This guide will examine seven awesome reasons to get a dog this year.

1) Live Longer

The studies suggest that dog owners live longer than non-dog owners. This is may sound like a curious statistic, but the science backs it up.

The American Heart Association discovered people with a dog had a 24 percent risk reduction from any cause of death over non-dog owners. This health is in part due to the next reason on the list. 

2) More Exercise

Dogs play a major role in daily exercise routines. Think about taking the dog out, feeding them, walking around the block. All these small activities add up to more daily exercise. 

In fact, dog owners spend around 300 minutes walking each week. This number is three times higher than the amount non-dog owners walk. 

More exercise leads to a healthier heart and a better lifestyle. 

3) Companionship

Where would Dorothy be without Toto? Who is Shaggy without Scooby-Doo? Didn’t Fox need his friend the Hound?

There is a reason they are called “man’s best friend.” Dogs offer an unprecedented level of companionship. As pets, dogs have the ability to reduce stress, anxiety, and loneliness. 

Dogs bond with you, tune in with your behaviors and improve your quality of life. 

4) A Dog For All Personalities

There are over 300 different recognized dog breeds. As such, there is a size and style, and demeanor for every person.

For example, are you looking for a smart, adaptable, and outgoing type? You may consider beagles and basset hounds as buddies. 

Are you looking for a strong, protective watchdog to keep an eye on your family? Pick German Shepard or Presa Canario puppies.

Think about what type of person you are and choose a breed that will complement you. 

5) Dogs Make You More Social 

Dog tend to make their owners more sociable. Dogs naturally want to seek out other dogs to interact with. 

Whether it’s taking them on a walk, to the dog park, or even to a restaurant, all these things get you out of the house and into social situations. 

6) Teaching Responsibility

It could be in the form of teaching your kids life lessons or your practice for parenthood. In any case, a dog will teach responsibility. Dogs are loving companions who look after you, but they need care in return.

You may have to change your life if you get a dog, but it will be for the better. Working on a schedule to feed, walk, and let the dog out will help better organize time and routine.  

7) Home Security

Dogs become deeply loyal and territorial to you and your family. As such, they become great means of security for your home. Their keen ears and noses can always tell if something is amiss. 

Who needs alarm systems when you have a barking dog?

The Reasons to Get a Dog are Clear

Any one of these awesome reasons to get a dog should be enough to convince you. Consider all seven and there is no question that this is the year to pick out a pup. 

If you enjoyed this article, keep an eye on the blog for more ways to enhance your life. 

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  1. There are many benefits to getting a dog and with the current pandemic more people than ever are deciding to do exactly that. One of the benefits we came across more recently, which is linked to Point 6. above on Teaching Responsibility, is for helping children to read. Apparently, reading aloud can helps kids with fluency. They even have structured reading buddy programs available where dogs are matched with children. And, if you do decide to get a pet, be sure to adopt. Agree wholeheartedly with another fantastic article on the Magaziano site titled 9 Amazing Benefits of Adopting a Dog. Well worth the read, too.

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