Why Dogs And Humans Are The Perfect Match
The relationship between humans and dogs’ dates back between 15,000 and 30,000 years ago, and today there are nearly 10M pet dogs in the UK alone.
Today, in areas populated by humans, dogs are the planet’s most abundant terrestrial carnivore. There are about 900 million of them worldwide, 10 million of whom live in the U.K. alone
There are many reasons why this human/canine bond has blossomed and continues to grow. Dogs have become an integral part of so many of our lives and in many cases are considered to be a family member. This close friendship appears to have benefits for both parties.
Surveys have shown how important their dog’s health is to owners with them willing to pay for both preventative care and advanced veterinary care when indicated. Advances in veterinary medicine and surgery have been huge in recent years, fuelled by this strong bond.
The average UK dog owner spends more than £1,000 a year on their dogs on toys, food and medical care.
The Benefits Of Owning A Dog
Many studies have shown owner health benefits too. Dogs are great motivators and get us out walking and socialising. Studies have shown dog ownership links to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and improved mental health.
1) Reduce Stress
Dogs are beneficial with reducing stress levels, long term stress can take its toll and increase the risk of heart disease and other health conditions. Dogs lower stress hormones and heart rate whilst also lowering anxiety and fear levels which elevates calmness. One study found that just 10 minutes interacting with a dog can reduce cortisol levels.
People who own a dog are much more likely to meet daily exercise requirements. Taking your dog out for a walk is also a great way to spend some quality time with your dog and keep your dog fit and healthy.
Nothing beats coming home to a wagging tail. Dogs are wonderful company and can bring much joy into your life. Caring for a dog keeps you busy and can reduce the feeling of loneliness. Equally dogs can also help you meet new people and maintain new friendships.
Ways To Bond With Your Dog
- Enjoy a walk – this is bound to be one of your dog’s top way’s to spend time with you, go out for a walk to your favourite place or explore somewhere new, it also has numerous benefits for both you and your dog.
- Tricks & Training – doing some tricks is a good way to mentally stimulate your dog and keep them occupied. Teach them a new trick or practice some basic commands. Be sure to have some tasty Different Dog treats on hand as a delicious bribe!
- Grooming – if your dog enjoys a groom then this is a great way to spend some quality time with your dog. There are many benefits for your dog such as improving circulation, hair growth and it is also a good time to check for any lumps and bumps.
How You Can Give Back To Your Dog
For everything dogs give to us, give them something back by feeding them Different Dog. It is clear just how much dogs improve human health and we can improve theirs to through feeding a fresh, natural hand-cooked food.
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