Everyone who already owns a dog knows that life becomes much better with it. Why? We have collected three scientific explanations.
Dogs are good for our heart
A comprehensive review of studies published between 1950 and 2019 found that dog owners are less likely to die from cardiovascular disease. Research shows that dog owners have lower blood pressure levels and better cope with stress, which is one of the main causes of cardiovascular problems.
Dogs are good for our nerves
Numerous studies show that dogs can help reduce stress and anxiety. Even the simple touch of a familiar dog lowers blood pressure, heart rate, slows breathing, and relieves muscle tension.
Scientists at Washington State University have found that even 10 minutes with a dog can have a serious impact. Study participants significantly decreased their levels of cortisol (a major stress hormone) after stroking dogs for several minutes.
Dogs are good for our fitness
A 2019 British study found that dog owners walk with their pets for nearly 300 minutes each week, which is 200 minutes more than people without dogs.
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