Dogs are great companions bringing comfort, joy, and security: Good reasons you need a furry friend in your life

MAN’S BEST FRIEND: August is National Dog Month Picture: FAITH MTWANA

August is National Dog Month and our furry friends deserve all the love and appreciation they can get.

Dogs are great and loyal companions and often, when we feel alone, sad, or stressed, their love and presence can comfort us.

Cuddling and petting your dog can bring a level of comfort that makes life easier.

This has been scientifically proven by an Australian study that concluded that dog ownership reduces loneliness.

Dogs can also provide a distraction for someone going through a tough time in their lives.

Following an exercise routine with your dog can also help distract you from negative thoughts, keeping your mind and body busy.

Scientists at Washington State University discovered that just 10 minutes of petting a dog can have a significant impact on a person’s wellbeing.

Dogs are also protective and provide a sense of security.

Dogs communicate predominantly through touch, and this is one of the many reasons that dogs and babies get along.

Dogs are naturally protective of babies and watching them grow together is a rewarding experience.

Dogs can also help alleviate social anxiety.

If you take your dog for a walk or to a park, it allows dog owners to interact with each other over their shared love of their furry friends.

Lastly, dogs are full of fun. It is always fun to watch a dog play and discover the world around them.


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