There’s a saying, “Once a dog lover, always a dog lover!” Dog fur on your carpet, the couch and bed you have to give up, and you can’t do anything without the pet’s interference! But you wouldn’t ever dream of getting another non-dog pet. It just not the same – too dull and boring. You will miss the crazy fun and unadulterated devotion. A pet dog is the best mood enhancer you can find.
WHY BEST MOOD ENHANCER?
If you are having doubts about getting a pet dog, here are some reasons why you should:
Unconditional love – That’s what a pet dog will give you. Who welcomes you home first even before the rest of the family? The dog knows you have reached before everyone else does. In fact, they worry and fret if the owner is late home! You won’t know the meaning of the word loneliness anymore.
Self-esteem – There’s an age-old phrase, “Dogging your footsteps!” This was obviously coined by someone who couldn’t go anywhere or do anything without the pet dog following at their heels. Life is hectic when there’s a dog around the place. When you are responsible for the wellbeing of the dog, you feel a sense of pride as the pet grows up to be healthy, strong and happy.
Smiles and laughter – A pet dog will make you smile whatever your mood might be, just by doing something comic! A dog understands that laughter is a positive reaction and will feel encouraged to get up to mischief!
Now it all depends on you, whether you want a over-disciplined, over-obedient pet dog or a hysterical-with-laughter kind. Dogs can be trained to some extent by offering treats for good behaviour, but their inherent personality will show in unguarded moments. Either way, just looking at your dog increases ‘Oxytocin’ in the system which is a “feel happy” chemical.
Stress buster: Who’s the ever-ready companion for walks and outdoor activities? A dog will never say no. In fact, it is just the opposite! You just cannot miss your morning walk! Your dog is a God-made alarm clock and will lick your face till you get up and take it out for its morning rituals. A daily walk is good for you as well. It will improve the blood circulation and keep all the organs working in optimum condition.
Improves immunity – You may buy the most attractive and comfortable bedding for your little “Whiskey” or “Moppet” but they will prefer your bed and worse, your pillow! Except for those who are prone to chronic respiratory diseases, this behaviour will be good in the long run. It will definitely sharpen your immune system because it is constantly bombarded by germs. In fact, surveys have proved that children who grow up with dogs are less prone to allergies and are healthier.
Prevents depression – With fresh air blowing on your face you can walk along watching your dog running helter-skelter for the sheer joy of life. A dog doesn’t need any particular reason to run around and be happy – just being alive is enough! When you are always in a good mood, it will prevent diseases like blood pressure, heart, insomnia, cholesterol, obesity, and even depression.
Social-emotional impact – Ever seen two dog lovers chatting? Their conversation is completely focused on their two pet dogs. Total strangers, after a chance meeting while walking their dogs, chat like old friends. A dog will improve the way you interact with others and will help you to form a subtle bond due to common interests – the dogs! Studies show that dog owners are more extroverted and social than cat owners.
Dogs have a pack-mentality and therefore have a highly developed social mindset. Pet dogs steal your bed, sofa, food, leisure time, sleep time, and most importantly your hearts. So you love them whatever they might do! Have you wondered why there are therapy dogs but not therapy cats? That’s because a pet dog is the best mood enhancer.