Is dog ownership practicing self care?
Millennials and other younger generations say that dogs are the new kids, and plants are the new pets, and it’s easy to see why.
Picturing trying to wrestle a toddler into their school clothes while they’re throwing their breakfast across the room creates anxiety for many in my generation.
Having a dog is much less stressful, but also gives us a chance to care for something other than ourselves. In addition, people who own dogs are happier on average than people who don’t.
Today I will be discussing 6 ways dog ownership is practicing self care and how getting a dog can improve your live overall.
The first reason why dog ownership is practicing self care is because they help you get more exercise.
A study done at Michigan State University shows that dog owners are 34% more likely to be fit than non dog owners.
Walking with a puppy increased walking speed by 28%, compared to a human walking buddy at only 4%.
Faster walking means more calories burned, keeping you and your fur baby in shape.
On top of these numbers, people who own dogs are also more likely to have physically active leisure time than non dog owners.
With all of the fetch, tug of war, and frisbee throwing we do each day, I believe it!
Living for Someone Else
Many mothers tell me that the best part of having kids is getting to live for someone else other than yourself.
I don’t plan on having kids anytime soon, but owning two pit bulls has really shown me what it’s like to live for someone else.
When we’re young, we can enjoy being selfish and only caring about ourselves. But as we get older we often find we are missing something.
This gap is usually filled by raising children, but the idea of having children can be intimidating for some. This is why a dog is the perfect solution.
You’ll get to experience selflessness by taking care of an animal that relies on you for their survival.
In return you get to watch them grow, learn, and live long, fulfilled lives by your side.
They Always Listen
Another reason why dog ownership is practicing self care is because you always have someone to listen to you.
Did you have a rough day at the office? Are your friends too busy to listen?
One of the amazing things about dogs is that they are fantastic listeners. This is probably due to the fact that they never interrupt you, they’re always on your side, and they’ll never spill your secrets to anyone.
My dog’s have seen me ugly cry like no human ever has.
The best part is that once you’re done venting, you get to cuddle with your personal fur-therapist on the couch until everything feels better again. 🙂
The next reason why dog ownership is a form of self care is because you always have someone to go on adventures with.
Once you get a dog, you have a built in adventure buddy that’s always down to go anywhere with you (besides the vet).
The adventures can be as small as grabbing a coffee and a puppuccino from Starbucks, or something bigger like picking a new hiking trail to do together.
Don’t feel like going out at all? Your dog is down to lounge on the couch all day with you in your PJ’s watching Grey’s Anatomy reruns.
Personally, I love exploring new walking trails and nature preserves.
As a woman, it’s hard to feel safe going to places like that alone.
So having a dog (or in my case, two pitbulls) makes me feel much safer in new and unfamiliar locations.
If you’re also a female that gets nervous going out alone, getting a dog will help you feel more secure.
Socializing is Easier
As we get older, it seems to get harder to make new friends.
Once we get out of college and start working, it becomes difficult finding places to meet new people.
Luckily, having a dog opens up a whole new door of opportunities to make friends.
First off, your dog is already your bestie, so you’re already off to a great start.
There are dozens of dog friendly places and activities that you can take your dog to, all with new people to meet!
Places like dog parks, beaches, doggy daycare, and even dog friendly restaurants are all potential places to meet new friends.
The best part is that since you know they have a dog, you already have something in common to talk about!
I’ve met many of my post-college friends this way.
An added bonus is that when you gain a new friend, your dog has a new playmate too!
The last reason why dog ownership is practicing of self care is unconditional their love.
In my opinion, love from a human can’t compare to love from a dog.
People can love each other to the moon and back, but they still get mad at each other, have fights, and even worse.
Dogs are a special kind of creature that will love their owners unconditionally, no matter what kind of person you are.
Dogs don’t care what clothes you wear, what you do for work, or how much money you have.
The only thing a dog wants from you in return is food, love, and attention. I say that’s more than a fair trade!
Owning a dog is a great way to practice self care.
Dogs provide us so much more than I could ever write in a post, but these reasons are a great place to start.
Care for your dog like you would care for yourself, and you’ll be surprised how happy and fulfilled your life will become. 🙂
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