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So you’ve been thinking about getting a dog, but you’re still not convinced.  Everyday your kids beg you, “please, please, pretty please can we get a dog!?”  You’ve nearly given in on several occasions, but ultimately you have stood your ground.  Even their saddest puppy eyes haven’t broken you.  Well, it’s finally time to give in!  Here are five reasons why a dog is a great addition to the family.

1. Dogs make you happy

[highlight align=”left, right, center” style=”default, different”]What’s better than coming home from a long, stressful day and being greeted with a big kiss and wag of the tail from your best friend?  Your dog is sure to put you in a better mood, and science backs it up.  Multiple studies indicate that dog owners exhibit less stress and anxiety and are less likely to suffer from depression.  Additionally, playing with dogs increases levels of serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin, which are associated with relaxation and happiness.[/highlight]

2. Dogs make you healthy

[highlight align=”left, right, center” style=”default, different”]Still keeping up with your New Year’s resolution to be more active?  Didn’t think so.  But a dog can help you!  Dogs need daily exercise and can provide structure to your own fitness goals.  Simply taking your dog for a walk or playing outside assures both you and your dog are staying fit and active.[/highlight]

3. Dogs teach responsibility

boy feeding dog[highlight align=”left, right, center” style=”default, different”]There’s no denying it; dogs require a lot of responsibility, but this can be a valuable teaching tool for your children.  Asking your children to help with age appropriate daily tasks like feeding your dog, getting water, grooming, or going on a walk can teach them how to be responsible and show care and compassion for animals and people alike.[/highlight]

4. Dogs make you more social

[highlight align=”left, right, center” style=”default, different”]Dogs help you get out more and be more engaging.  In fact, the British Medical Journal calls dogs “social catalysts.”  Dogs help facilitate social connections whether it’s meeting new people at the dog park, striking up a conversation with a neighbor while out for a walk, or joining a number of doggie meet up groups.  Dogs provide a natural way to be more engaged with those around you.[/highlight]

5. Dogs are always loyal

[highlight align=”left, right, center” style=”default, different”]They don’t call dog man’s best friend for nothing.  Dogs are not judgmental; they have a natural sense of empathy; and they will always stick by your side.  Proof can be found in a study in which children were asked to rank 10 of their closest relationships.  An overwhelming majority listed their pets, and in many cases dogs were listed higher than their parents or friends.[/highlight]

So now the next time your kids ask, “please, please, pretty please can we get a dog!?” you can finally answer, “yes! Yes, of course!”  So what are you waiting for?  Go find your family’s new best friend and be sure to subscribe to our blog to get all the latest tips and news.

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