Did you know that your dog is the only creature on earth that has committed to showing you more love than he loves himself? Indeed he, just like a child is innocent and always pure in his attitude towards you. As someone put it, dogs are man’s best and most loyal friend, and although he may not be your whole life, their love and loyalty can make your life whole. I can’t put it any better than Milan Kundera who colorfully said “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.” ―
Is your dog happy? Do you miss him and is he playful around you? That is exactly how he should behave if you are taking good care of him, but did you know that your strong relationship is as a result of approximately 13,750 years of man-dog relationship? As your dog’s trusted friend and ally, why not then read on to learn some 12 useful facts that all dog lovers must know?
1. Kissing your dog is a healthy habit
Dogs like sniffing around and that is fine because it is in their nature. However, they tend to browse their noses in places that you may consider unpleasant. But, this should not kill that habit of kissing your dog because scientists at the Arizona University now have reasons to believe that your dog’s gut is carrying microbes that may have a probiotic effect on your body. When the dog licks your face, positive microorganisms may be encouraged to grow and boost your well being.
2. A child who grows with dogs is a healthier and better-adjusted person
A study that was released through the New England Journal of Medicine shows that a dog’s presence can boost a child’s immunity against asthma and several other allergies. Additionally, children who have been exposed to dogs in their upbringing have been found to be more intelligent, happier and very caring.
3. Dogs may reduce your stress significantly.
Are you emotionally attached to your pet? Of course, you must be, because that is a natural instinct in all dog lovers. That feeling towards your pet can significantly reduce your reaction towards stressful circumstances. It also has the potential to lower your heart rate in cases where you are overwhelmed with pressure.
4. Your dog may act strangely when feeling unwell.
A dog is just like a baby. Since they cannot talk, the only way to tell that they are unwell is by observing their change in behavior. He can, for example, be reluctant to take the routine evening stroll or even refuse to eat. Some become unusually aggressive. That is a clear sign that something could be wrong.
5. Your dog can empathize
When you are sick or grieving, your dog will notice it very easily. Instinctively, they will respond by sticking by your side and acting in ways that express comfort and solidarity. They will, for example, wag their tail, lick, lean on you and even try to create eye contact. Some will whine in the process. There are numerous reports of dogs that refused to leave their master’s side in time of utter distress.
6. Dogs intend to please their owners
Research has shown that dogs relate with their masters pretty much the way children do with their parents. Can you recollect how your kids usually position themselves to please you? That is exactly what your dog seeks to do on a daily basis. On your part, work hard at teaching your dog new skills as this will reinforce and adjust its behavior.
7. Your dog looks up on you for love, support, and security
Just like humans, dogs expect emotional support, love, and protection from you. That is why he considers you as his master. Treating him this way will not only make him happy but it will as well keep your relationship growing on a daily basis. You want a dog who can even understand your commands and body language don’t you?
8. Groom your dog regularly
How would you feel if you went for three days without a shower? Smelly, dusty and sometimes oily right? That is almost exactly how your dog will feel whenever they take long without being groomed. You need to brush his teeth regularly to keep them free from disease and cavities. Trim his toenails as well and brush the coat to ward of pests such as ticks.
9. Train him through encouragement
Training your dog early in its life using positive reinforcement has shown to deliver a better outcome. Your dog’s behavior will be modified well if you avoid employing harsh or crude methods of training.
10. They are sensitive to loneliness
Dogs are very social creatures and as such, they cannot survive alone. You can clearly confirm this by looking at their wild relatives such as wolves and wild dogs. They easily give into separation anxiety when deserted by those they hold close and dear. Abandoning a dog on its own is a terrible punishment since they thrive around people or other dogs.
11. Dogs say a lot in their own way
Owing to their social behavior, dogs make effort to express themselves as best as they can. Novelist Orhan Pamuk wrote and said, “dogs do speak, but only to those who know how to listen” A dog can storm into the living room, come close to you whining and wagging his tail, and then jog out again. If you fail to follow him, he will repeat the act until he gets your attention. The next time he comes in, he will probably be barking and looking more alarmed. In such a case what he is trying to say is “Hey master, there is a problem out here, please come and help”.
12. Your dog’s life span is shorter than yours
If you are lucky, you may live for a whole century (100 years), but your dog only has between 10 and 20 years to be with you. So why can’t you make him feel special and enjoy the few years he has around you.
All pet lovers will agree that having a dog in your home is such a noble gesture. You not only show a kindness to a vulnerable creature but also benefit a great deal from the numerous benefits listed above. If you don’t have a dog, please make quick plans to adopt one. Dogs are cool creatures.