Anyone who has owned a dog can tell you that having a four-legged friend is definitely a game-changer. What’s not to love? You always have someone to talk to (even if they can’t talk back), they add some adventure in your life, and let’s not forget the constant kisses you’ll receive!

There is a reason dogs are known as “Man’s Best Friend”; it’s because they are a friend that will stick with you until the end. If you are still not convinced, here are 5 reasons why life is better with a dog:

 

1. Dogs have been known to help with allergies

Dogs can be messy, so how can they possibly help someone who suffers from allergies? Well a recent study has found that exposing your children to dogs at an early age can perhaps help them develop defenses against allergies. How cool is that? And let’s not forget that there are dogs who are hypoallergenic, meaning they shed very minimally, if at all. At One Bark Plaza, you can find various hypoallergenic puppies for sale like the Labradoodle, the Goldendoodle, the Sheepadoodle, and the Havanese.

Even if you don’t have a hypoallergenic pup, there are even training facilities that train dogs to help detect if certain substances are in the area that can trigger allergic reactions. For instance, at Southern Star Ranch in Texas, they even specialize in peanut detection. You and your family can have some peace of mind knowing that your pup is on the lookout. Maybe not for the typical intruder but something potentially fatal.

 

2. Dogs can detect certain diseases

Dogs have amazing abilities that you might as well call superpowers. One of their super traits is their nose. A dog’s nose has up to 300 MILLION olfactory receptors in their noses compared to the measly 6 million us humans have. This means that their sense of smell is insanely good, so good that dogs are being trained to help detect diseases in humans, like cancer. Take Marine, for instance: back in 2011, Marine, a specially-trained 8-year-old black lab, was able to detect colorectal cancer by smelling a person’s breath, 91% of the time. She was able to detect with 98% accuracy when smelling their stool.

Other dogs are trained to smell elevated spikes in sugar for people with diabetes and even certain chemicals that trigger epileptic seizures. People also believe that Chihuahua’s help curb asthma symptoms. Either way, having a dog could be a life-saving decision.

 

3. Dogs are training to be service animals

Dogs are great service animals that are more than happy to make their owner’s life easier. There are various types of service roles your pup can help fill: many pups are training to be guide dogs for people who are visually impaired. They are also traing to be a medical service dog to help with their owner’s medical needs, as explained earlier, or a psychiatric service dog (or Emotion Support Dog) to help assist with owners who have OCD, PTSD, or other conditions.

Dogs can also be trained as just common service animals to help assist in common mobility activities such as turning off light switches, and opening and closing doors. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a service dog is considered a working animal and not a pet. No matter what help you need, you can find a dog that will be their every step of the way!

 

4. Help relieve stress

Maybe you do not need a service dog, but you sure are in need of a stress reliever. Having a dog in your life can be the answer you’re looking for! You don’t need a scientific study to tell you that having a dog in your life can help reduce your stress, but lucky for us, they went ahead and proved it. In 2012, two studies conducted over the emotional impact of a dog on a human’s life showed that having a pet close to you, or even thinking about them, lowers stress. Those same studies also showed a positive correlation in lower blood pressure.

Dogs known to help improve cardiovascular health, help owners become more active, and help ease the feeling of loneliness. Universities across the United States even have “Puppy Days,” where they bring in puppies for students to play with during finals ito help relieve some stress they might feel. Having a dog, or even interacting with one, can help make your life a lot less stressful.

 

5. Security

With so many options for home security, there is only one that’s tried and true: dogs. With their loyal instinct and protective nature, a dog is an excellent choice in keeping your family and property safe. Certain breeds are more protective like the Mastiff, while others are more loyal like the Golden Retriever. No matter the breed, you can be sure that your dog will keep you safe.

A dog’s reaction time is undeniable, especially if they have been specially-trained. Sometimes a dog’s bite can be bigger than its bark if it is the right sized dog. Many training facilities around the United States specialize in training dogs for security purposes; some are even breed-specific. Smaller breeds like the Chihuahua, have been used as alert dogs. It is no wonder dogs are of use as security; each breed can bring a different layer of protection.