5 Benefits of owning a dog (+ An absurd amount of my dog’s pictures)

A lot of people are in the process of considering getting a dog. So it’s logical for people to wonder why getting a dog is a good thing. So here are the things that I found changed for the better when I got my little baby Bella.

First day home

Mental

Having a dog around constantly happy, faithful and willing to lend a paw (no? Ok ) has been scientifically proven to improve your psychological situation.

Physical

As you know dogs need walks. That means you kind of have to get out of bed and walk. (Really Naya? Really?) Anyway this is great for your physical health as it gives you a motive to do more.

Silly Dog

Connection

In the era of social media and disconnection dogs really just want to be with you. Having a someone present (even a dog) is always reassuring.

Sleepy Baby

Good Teacher

Owning a dog means you have to care for it. (I am great at stating the obvious today) Anyway, caring for a dog teaches you how to care for other people as well. This is especially great when you are in a serious relationship or if someday you hope to have a child. You will be so much more prepared to care for someone other than yourself if you already do this for your pet.

Paws

Motive to continue

Especially for people with depression and other relevant psychological disorders owning dogs is said to be pretty beneficial. It gives the you motive to keep going strong since you have a creature who is totally dependent from you.

Eating my new Charlotte Tilbury cream 😭

Weird sleeping positions Do you have a pet? What other benefits have you noticed?

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Leaving your pet back home? 

Recently I went on a 5-day vacation leaving my sweet dog at home with my grandmother. It was a difficult experience to say the least. She was obviously really sad and uncomfortable and I hated to see her like that but there are ways to make parting easier.

  • Vacation Mock-Up 

If you have the chance you can leave your pet with a friend for a couple of days. Leaving your pet for a short amount of time is going to let them know that even if you leave you will eventually come back. If you don’t have that chance you can have them in another part of the house or even the balcony (if the weather permits it and it is safe ) so they don’t see you. You should have a friend feed and walk them so that they don’t see you. Generally the days leading up to your trip leave them alone as long as possible so that they will get used to your absence.

  • Tire them out

The day prior to the trip play with them, take them out, run and do fun stuff together. If they are tired they are less likely to complain.

  • Ignore them 

Five to six hours before you have to leave be in the same space with your pet but do not engage. If you are not playing they are less likely to get sad that you left.

  • Give them your smell 

A lot of pets, and especially dogs recognize and engage with people based on their smell. If you give them something of low value that smells like you they will feel comforted and more at ease.

  • Live them with someone you trust 

The best way to feel ok leaving your little one behind is knowing that someone is giving them the best care as possible.

What do you do when you have to leave your pets? Let me know in the comments below!