Adopt-A-Dog Month: Benefits of Dog Parenthood
October is Adopt-a-Dog Month—a time when the thousands of community animal shelters nationwide train their focus on finding forever homes for the abandoned and unwanted dogs in their care. When you choose to give one (or two!) of these precious shelter dogs a second chance, you provide a stable environment for a deserving animal, reduce the burden on the animal shelter, and treat yourself to all the perks of pet ownership!
Adopting a shelter dog is a compassionate, meaningful decision, and the team at Elmhurst Animal Care Center is here to support you with quality wellness care, training classes for puppies and adult dogs, and tips on preparing your home for your new pet.
Unconditional Love and Companionship
For grownups and kids alike, there’s nothing better than knowing you have a faithful companion by your side through all of life’s ups and downs. A pet dog can be a tremendous source of comfort, and studies have shown that cuddling and petting a pooch can actually help relieve stress and anxiety.
They Encourage Active, Outdoor Activity
Whether your dog prefers a leisurely walk around the neighborhood or enjoys accompanying you during your morning run, having a canine companion encourages more active, outdoor activity. Plus, there are plenty of outdoor tasks that kids might find more fun than screen time, such as walking the dog, playing with him in the backyard, or even cleaning up after him!
They Teach Responsibility
Having a dog keeps pet families accountable and is a great way to introduce the concept of responsibility to young children. By assigning simple tasks such as filling food and water bowls, gently brushing the dog, or picking up pet toys to children, we teach them empathy and compassion, while building their self-esteem through their pet-ownership accomplishments.
Just try not to smile when your dog’s tongue is hanging halfway to the floor and he’s grinning from floppy ear to floppy ear! Dogs can provide their families with a constant source of entertainment, playtime, and good all-around family fun. Plus, looking into those puppy dog eyes triggers natural mood boosters and makes us fall in love with them all over again.
They Make Us Healthier
Studies have shown both emotional and physical benefits of owning a dog, including:
- Improved cardiovascular health through lowered blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels
- Decreased feelings of loneliness
- More opportunities for exercise and outdoor activities
- More opportunities for socializing
For older folks, especially retirees, dogs bring meaning and a sense of purpose. Dogs require structure in the form of feeding times and walks, which gives senior citizens something important to focus on. Having this daily dog routine can prevent feelings of isolation or loneliness, and help delay cognitive decline.
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