If you’ve never had a dog, the decision to get your first can be tough. They need a lot of time and affection, they can be expensive, and there is a lot of hard work involved. Dogs most certainly aren’t for everyone. However, there are also many, many benefits to owning a dog. If you make the leap, there is no doubt that your canine friend will change your life for the better.
You’ll Never Be Lonely
We all get lonely from time to time, even if we are with people. It’s an entirely normal part of life. But, this loneliness will vanish the day you bring a dog home. You’ll always have your dog to look after, to talk to and to go out with. He will be a constant companion that won’t leave your side.
You Will Be Loved
Do you crave a human-animal bond? Many people do, but your dog will love you. He’ll show you love with cuddles, licks and nuzzles and this love will be unconditional. Never again will you feel unloved or unworthy; a dog will shower you with affection.
You’ll Be More Active
Dogs need a lot of walking; how much depends on the breed but most of them enjoy a good long walk and a chance to stretch their legs and play. You’ll be much more active as a dog owner. But, if you wanted to take this further, you could start running with your dog or going for much longer walks. You’ll enjoy it more and feel more confident with your dog at your side.
You’ll Meet New People
Even if you don’t take your dog to shows or classes, you will meet more people than you normally do. You’ll get chatting to other dog owners in the park, talk to people waiting at the vet's and say “hi” to everyone you pass with a dog. You’ll be a part of the dog owner’s community.
You’ll Share More
Your dog will want everything you eat and while now you may think “I’ll never share my dinner with a dog,” as soon as he looks at you with his lovely eyes you’ll give in. You’ll soon be sharing more than you ever thought you would.
You’ll Be Closer to Your Family
Families often drift, even when they live in the same house. Your new pet will help to bring you all back together. Family members will visit to meet your dog and keep returning to see him. You’ll all start doing things together again.
You Will Love Unconditionally
Unconditional love is a rare and beautiful thing. After a few weeks, you will almost certainly feel it for your dog, perhaps in a way that you never have for another person. Embrace and enjoy it.
Having a dog can help you to live a longer and happier life. It will keep you physically and mentally fit and healthy for longer and fill your life with love and laughter. If you can see yourself becoming a dog person, why not head down to your local shelter in search of your new best friend?