When we adopt a dog, we sometimes think that we’re doing it a favour. What we don’t realise is that getting a dog can be life-changing if you let your four-legged pal work its magic on you and the people around you. Below is a list of top 5 reasons to have a dog.
Top 1 reason: Getting a dog can make you more responsible.
Getting a dog isn’t like getting a new gadget; it’s like adopting a child. The lazy you will not be able to cope with the responsibilities of looking after it, which include feeding, bathing, walking and training it to be a fantastic canine. Your dog can be a reflection of who you are. Shabby and ill-bred dogs are deemed to be raised by irresponsible ‘parents’, while the well-behaved and sweet ones are perceived to be products of nurturing ones.
Top 2 reason: Children can understand the stages of life through dogs.
Sadly, if you have a dog in your younger years, it is unlikely you’ll outlive it. The average life of dogs is from 10 to 13 years. Through your dog’s life, children will learn about and appreciate the stages of life with the growth, development and passing of their dog.
Top 3 reason: Dogs can turn you into a selfless person.
As you provide for and help your dog go through life, you become less self-absorbed with yours. Even if it’s difficult to walk your dog on a cold winter’s day or a hot summer’s day, you’ll still do it out of love.
Top 4 reason: Dogs make you forget your problems.
Dogs have an uncanny way of just being there for you when you need a friend. I have good memories of sitting next to my pup and telling him about my horrible day while he looked at me with his kind puppy eyes. I remember the funny things he did that cracked me up and relaxed me.
Top 5 reason: Dogs force you to lead a healthy life.
Long walks and exhausting chases are inevitable if you’d like to have a healthy dog. As you help your dog achieve this, you, too, become fit. My other blog entry titled Top 5 reasons to walk your dog discusses the benefits in more detail.
It’s really great to have a dog, a lovely creature that gives us so much by just being itself. Your dog can be your best friend, psychologist, physical trainer, and so many others if you let it.