Benefits of having a dog (Part I)

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Dogs are great friends and are the pet of choice for many. 

But what are the benefits of having a dog at home? How does this pet affect our health? Here is a list of 5 benefits that having a dog gives you, both psychically and in other important aspects of your health and wellbeing.

1. It helps you to exercise
All those who have dogs will have enjoyed those afternoons of walking with them. Other pets provide many benefits, but it is not very common to take a cat (who usually enjoy more freedom) or a rabbit. Dogs need to leave home to do their needs several times a day, and need long walks to enjoy a healthy life. Accompanying them on these walks also benefits you, because walking is an excellent aerobic exercise.

2. Better cardiovascular health
Having a dog improves your cardiovascular health. Not only because it allows you to exercise, but because the simple act of petting a dog reduces heart rate and blood pressure.

An investigation carried out in China found that dog owners have lower cholesterol levels and are more likely to survive a heart attack.

3. An excellent therapeutic tool
Within Animal Assisted Therapies, the most used animal is the dog, as it is a pleasant pet that provides many psychological, social and physical benefits. The company with dogs benefits children, adolescents, elderly people, the mentally ill, etc. They are a therapeutic resource that helps to achieve benefits and improvements in people.

4. A more active social life
But going for a walk with the dog is not only an excellent opportunity to lose weight and enjoy greater cardiovascular health thanks to physical exercise. But it is also a great opportunity to meet new people.

The parks where dogs usually go running are full of people who enjoy the same hobby as you: having a pet. 

5. You will be less stressed
There have been a lot of studies that have shown that dogs lower stress levels. Petting your dog, playing with him or simply noticing your love can reduce your stress level on a daily basis. Science shows that having a dog reduces hormones related to stress: cortisol.

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