Since we all know dogs are family, here is a list of 20 essential things all dog lovers must keep in mind.
1. A dog’s life is short compared to a human’s lifespan. Dogs may only live for 10-20 years, so make the time count.
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2. Dogs act aggressively out of fear so early socialization with people and other animals is key to building confidence, trust, and love.
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3. It’s a fact that children who grow up with dogs are not only healthier but are more well-adjusted human beings. Studies show that children who live with dogs have stronger immune systems, fewer allergies, and even healthier microbiomes. Research has revealed that kids raised with dogs are more caring, happy, responsible and intelligent.
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4. Did you know that dog kisses can improve your health? A new study shows that microbes exchanged between dogs and people may have a positive probiotic effect on the human body that affects our overall health.
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5. Dogs love to have jobs so keeping your dogs active and fit will not only maintain their physical health, but keep them mentally happy too. “A tired dog is a happy dog.”
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6. Dogs always want to make their humans happy. By teaching dogs new tricks, challenges and behaviors, you strengthen the bond with your dog. Studies show dogs bond with their humans in a similar way that babies do with their parents. They naturally want to please you.
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7. Dogs can reduce stress. It has been shown that dogs decrease the risk of heart disease because they motivate people to get outside and take walks. The emotional bond owners feel towards their pets reduces their stress and lowers their heart rate.
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8. Dogs always look to their humans for comfort, security, and motivation.
“Poor dog’s terrifying first train ride…”
9. When it comes to dogs, no gesture is too small. Dogs are just happy to be loved and cared for and every minute you spend with them just makes them love you more.
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10. Dogs are very sensitive to their environment. You cannot leave your dog outside when it is too hot or too cold. If you leave a dog outside without shelter in extreme weather conditions, this could result in sickness or death.
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