When you spend time with your dog and when you interact with them cuddling and stroking them it causes the brain to increase its level of oxytocin, a hormone referred to as the cuddle hormone which increases empathy and reduces stress and anxiety making you feel loved. Have you ever noticed that sometimes when you are walking along your dog will up at you with a look of total love. It’s hard to beat!
3. Dogs can lower your stress levels
Not only does stroking and interacting with your dog increase your levels of oxytocin but they also lower your levels of cortisol and lower blood pressure and generally boost your mood. Just having your dog with you when you work at home or in the office can increase the feeling of social support.
4. Dogs help you to become more sociable
All dog owners will know its almost impossible to walk down the street with a dog by your side without sparking a conversation! Once your dog has interacted with another dog then you are bound to exchange a few words with its owner and sometimes these interactions become longer conversations and new friends are made. Your dog feels better and so do you!
5.They keep you active and fit
If you own a dog you simply have to take them for a walk. Most dogs benefit from a couple of walks a day and this not only keeps your dog happy but ensures that you are getting plenty of exercise too. Getting plenty of exercise will naturally improve our mood and just knowing that these walks are a part of your day will make us more cheerful. And if you have an active or a young dog you could take them for a run which will add to the fun.
These are just a few of the ways dogs make our life happy and better. They are a power for the good and we should be grateful to them for the way they have kept us company during these difficult times. Its no accident that there is a current surge in people getting puppies and when they do they will quickly experience the wonderful love and support we receive from our dogs.