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10 Good Reasons to Own a Dog

Updated on October 27, 2009

10 Good Reasons to Own a Dog

Dogs are very special animals and they quickly form a bond with their owners. Some dogs bond with only one person and others spread their love around. It is also healthy to own a dog, both physically and mentally.

Reason #10

Dogs force you to get out and exercise because you know they need the exercise and you feel guilty if you don’t take them out. But once you take them out you will find you will also enjoy the exercise.

Reason #9

Walk a dog – make new friends! Most people love to stop and talk to you about the dog and ask permission to pet him or her, especially children.

Reason #8

Dogs love attention – by paying attention to their needs, your own problems and worries are forgotten. 

Reason #7

Excellent heaters! Even little dogs put off a lot of heat and warm you up on a cold winter’s night.

 

Reason #6

Studies have shown dogs help reduce stress and lower your blood pressure. That is one reason why dogs are popular for pet therapy programs at hospitals and nursing homes.

 

Reason #5

Dogs make your home more secure. They alert you when someone is approaching long before you hear them. A dog on the property usually scares away any would-be intruders.

 

Reason #4

Someone to talk to that actually listens….and they never argue with you!  Many pet owners claim their dog knows exactly what they are saying to them.

 

Reason #3

Dogs provide companionship. You are never alone with a dog in the house. 

Reason #2

Dogs have the ability to sense your mood and know when you need some loving attention. They can rid you of a bad mood in a few minutes.

And the #1 reason to own a dog is:

Unconditional love. No matter what, your dog will always come running and greet you with enthusiasm and never-ending love. Even if you are only gone for a short period of time, the response is always the same.

 

Why Own a Dog?

Dogs greatly enrich your life. They work their way into your life and your heart and make your life complete. Dog ownership does involve responsibility and dedicated work to care for them, but it is satisfying work. The rewards of owning a dog are endless.

 

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      cdcdcd 

      5 years ago

      nice

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      GRACE 

      6 years ago

      is so cool to have a dog like a pet I know dogs cant be pets and cats and fish it noent matter what you have for pet it always can be cool to have a pet

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      Daniela 

      6 years ago

      is so good to have a dog because when you are boring you canply it

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      6 years ago

      You are very welcome, Laura. Just make sure you take good care of your dog. They deserve it!

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      Laura:) 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for this :) i really want a dog and i think i may have finally convinced my parents 2 get me one. so thank you :)

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      7 years ago

      I'm sorry, paige. You can always get a dog when you get older and move away from home. That's when I got mine.

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      paige 

      7 years ago

      hey its me again and i had a hamster before and my mom still says no for a dog.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      7 years ago

      Thank you Morgie for taking the time to read and comment. Dogs are such great companions!

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      Morgie!! :D 

      7 years ago

      This is very useful (even though I have a dog). These are the best reasons why you should have one.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      7 years ago

      Hello paige. Thanks for stopping by. I would suggest asking for a smaller, easier to care for pet first and once you show your parents how well you take care of it, maybe they will consider a dog. Good luck!

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      paige 

      7 years ago

      i realy want my mom and dad to buy me dog and they still never gave in what is another way i can convince them to buy me one

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Thank you lauralolita! Puppies are so cute you just want to hug them all day! Sounds like you will be a good mom. : ) Thanks for stopping by.

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      lauralolita 

      8 years ago from Florida

      I love this hub! I've got a puppy and you just reminded me how much I love her! Thanks and God bless!

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Dogs are such great companions... and motivators! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment, Patti Ann.

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      Patti Ann 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Excellent!! My dog takes me for a five mile walk every morning - probably wouldn't do it if not for him. I love him with all my heart!!

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      8 years ago

      Thanks for your comments, Amanda. The bond between humans and dogs is amazing! Maybe your father will change his mind someday.

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      Amanda 

      8 years ago from Michigan, United States

      I completely agree with all of this. I don't have a dog, but have been trying to convince my father for years. I believe dogs are great for both physical and mental health.

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      9 years ago

      Thanks jenicoe2001 for coming and reading my articles here too! I will be adding you as friend on both sites. Welcome!

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      jenicoe2001 

      9 years ago

      Great article with cure pics!! I added you as a friend also on eHow. I am jenicoe2001 there also! : )

    • Rose Kolowinski profile imageAUTHOR

      Rose Kolowinski 

      9 years ago

      I think all pets are great, though I am partial to dogs. Everyone should experience a pet at least once in their lives. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      suziecat7 

      9 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Yup, couldn't be without a dog. Cats are great too.

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