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10 Reasons Why It's Great To Have a Dog!

  1. Fitness - What better reason do you need to get those walking shoes on? There's no excuse for slouching around on the sofa when you've got a dog to walk. No matter what size or type, every dog needs exercise - so get out there!
  2. Relax - According to research, stroking animals can reduce stress levels, so if you've had a bad day you can turn to your canine pal for a cuddle to make it all better.
  3. A Good Listener - Friends and family are great, but there are times when you want to have a good old moan without being interrupted. Your faithful dog will happily sit and listen to you rabbit on about most things!
  4. Playtime - Dogs can be the most amusing animals who just love to play - and play can equal lots of fun! If your dog is having a great time then the likelihood is that you are too. So enjoy your play sessions - they're good for both of you.
  5. Sociable - Dog lovers tend to be a friendly lot. Not only that, there are lots of different activities and events that you can attend if you have a dog. Can you imagine attending a cat or hamster training club? Er, no!
  6. No More Sneezing - Research has shown that if children have prolonged exposure to dogs during their first year they are less likely to develop allergies later in life. It is thought that coming into contact with different bacteria helps to build the children's immune systems, making them less susceptible to allergies.
  7. Care - Sometimes it is actually quite nice to look after and care for another living creature who is totally dependent on you. It can give people a sense of worth and, for some, provides a reason to keep going no matter what life throws at them.
  8. Be Responsible - A pet can help teach children all about responsibility. As well as the fun aspects of dog ownership, such as the playtimes and the cuddles, dogs also need to be fed, watered, groomed and exercised. Encourage youngsters to take part in your pet's daily routine.
  9. Security - Sadly, in today's society, many people are worried about the safety of themselves and their property. A dog can warn you of people approaching the house and can also act as a deterrent to any would-be burglars.
  10. Unconditional Love - There aren't many relationships these days where you can take as much as you like while the other party is quite happy to just keep on giving. Dogs are loyal creatures by nature and once shown just a smidgen of attention will become devoted companions for life - what better reason could you possibly need to have a doggy pal?
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