Find Out Why Dogs Are Good For Our Health!

Hey everyone, and welcome to another River Dogs dog blog. After our heartwrenching blog last week about a River Dogs Tadcaster legend leaving our midst, we thought that it would be best to stick to a factual blog this week (I’m not sure we could cope with any more tension or excitement!). So, with National Pet Week just around the corner (no prizes for guessing what next week’s blog might be about), we thought that we would look into the benefits of having a pet and why dogs are good for our health! 

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Our small furry friends might be a good laugh to have around and provide us with some seriously soft cuddles, but unbeknownst to us, they’re also doing a lot more for our physical and mental health behind the scenes. No, we’re not talking about the stress that the River Dogs used to cause Mark when they stole his supply of HobNobs. We’re referring to the positive effects that our wet-nosed-wonders have on our minds and bodies without even realising that they’re doing it. So, without further ado, lets put all four paws to the grindstone and find out why dogs are good for our health!

5 Reasons Why Dogs Are Good For Our Health

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

Keeping Fit

Daycare for dogs is all about being up on your feet and running around after hundreds of little paws, so it’s safe to say that we get our fair share of exercise. But for those of you at home, having a pooch to walk gives you a great reason to dust off your fit-bit and get outside to get your heart pumping. Dogs seem to have a never-ending supply of energy (take the Pointer Patrol for example!) and love nothing more than chasing toys and/or their owners through their favourite woods and fields. They say that a healthy dog is a happy dog, and the same goes for you too! Just remember to take a look at our top tips on keeping your dog cool this Summer, and there’s also some great information that is still incredibly relevant in our how to keep your dog safe this Spring article too!

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

Social Life

How much time do you spend playing Candy Crush or binge-watching Netflix series? It’s so easy to fall into a sedentary lifestyle, but a dogs life doesn’t revolve around the latest episode of Game Of Thrones like yours or mine does! If it wasn’t for our customers answering the cry of ‘how can I find doggy daycare near me‘ to friends and strangers on the local dog walking routes, then we wouldn’t have celebrated our first River Dogs Birthday with one-hundred-and-one four-legged friends on our books! Anyway, back to the Social Life section. Dogs don’t have the same awkward feelings about going up to someone and saying hello (although I wouldn’t advise copying their actions the next time that you meet someone new), and as such, owners end up being thrust into conversation with each other thanks to their poochy pals. Some of our life long friends have been made from scenarios just like this, and many people have met their partners in a similar way too. So, turn off your computer and get there and meet new people (after you’ve read the rest of this blog of course!). You can tell them everything that you know about why dogs are good for our health to break the ice!

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

Heart Health

As well as making us feel loved and wanted, dogs are good for our health in a much more important way too. Studies by men and women in crisp white lab coats have proven that having a canine critter around the house can help to lower your blood pressure and improve your cardiovascular health by decreasing something called your triglyceride levels. Your beloved pets can also help to reduce cholesterol much better than a tub of Flora too! Maybe this is why we had so many applicants for our home boarding for dogs service; the River Dogs are effectively replacing the NHS! 

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

Reduce Stress & Anxiety

Dogs don’t care if they can’t see an illness or a health problem; they’re still there for you through thick and thin no matter what. Having someone to lay their head in your lap when you’re feeling down or to listen to your woes without butting in or contradicting you can be a real boost in times of depression or anxiety. Nearly every pet owner that we know talks to their dog on a daily basis, enjoying the company that they provide and leaning on them in stressful situations. Don’t just take our word for it though; the science behind this point on why dogs are good for our health proves that stroking or playing with a dog for just a few minutes can help to increase the levels of serotonin and dopamine in your brain. These important neurochemicals have a huge part to play in maintaining your wellbeing and keeping calm. So, take a few moments out of your busy day to sit and stroke your dog. If you don’t have one, then ask a dog nicely if they wouldn’t mind you giving them a few ear rubs. I doubt you’ll meet a pup alive that doesn’t like an ear rub!

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

Helping With Medical Conditions

Our fifth and final point on why dogs are good for our health is slightly more specific, but not any less impressive! Some dogs can actually be trained to sniff out certain diseases and to spot the early signs of illnesses. From dogs that are trained to spot certain types of cancer to dogs that can help with Alzheimers and other mental health issues, our furry friends are much stronger and more capable at looking after us than you might think. A dogs sense of smell is around ten-thousand times more accurate than ours, and although they might not have a degree, the trained elite can certainly spot certain changes in our health that otherwise might go unnoticed. 

Our day care unit provides a consistent, fun and caring setting for your dog to play, relax and socialise so you can focus & concentrate on the day job.

Final Thoughts…

Now that you know why dogs are good for our health, it’s important to reiterate that a dog is not a wonder cure that you can use for a couple of days and then pass on to the next person. Looking after a dog takes a lot of time and energy and should only be considered as an option if you can give them the same level of unconditional love and affection that they will undoubtedly give you. There are lots of organisations out there in the big wide world that can provide visits with therapy dogs to help out those that can’t or aren’t able to walk and train a dog of their own, so have a search around on the internet for more information. 

Thanks for reading our blog on why dogs are good for our health. We hope that you’ve enjoyed our factual musings and that you’ll give your dog an extra large treat tonight to say thank you for having your back day-in-day-out. There’s a lot of magic going on behind those puppy-dog-eyes, and now you know that it’s not just about biscuits and belly-rubs!

Still hungry for some dog blog content? Why not check out the recipes for our favourite homemade dog treats, or see what happened when the River Dogs team played hide and seek around the Doggy Day Care Selby scene!

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