Benefits Of Furry Friends

Benefits Of Furry Friends

Hey babes,

We all know that dogs are a man’s, AND A woman’s, best friend… But, did you know that owning a dog can actually make you healthier? Whether you have a fur baby at home, or you work in a dog-friendly office, being around dogs is actually good for you. Check out these awesome benefits of having a furry friend!

1. Get fit


Dogs need to be walked daily and depending on the breed, some dogs need to be walked twice a day. Dogs thrive outdoors and they’re just like us- they need their exercise to stay happy and healthy! Having a dog encourages you to be active and get outdoors, which will also lead to a happier and fitter you.

These daily walks contribute to your steps for the day and is a great form of cardio, and can therefore reducing risks of illnesses such as heart disease and hypertension. Exercise is made that little bit easier when you have a cute and furry friend to keep you company!

Fynn The Dog

2. Improved social life


Owning a dog is a great way to meet new friends! A study from the Public Library of Science (PLOS One) states that owning a dog improves social relationships, especially with neighbours. The study explains the clear connection between incidental social interaction, getting to know people and the formation of new friendships. These social interactions can range from getting a neighbour to dog-sit, taking the dogs to a local dog park or organising puppy play dates!

The study further suggests that owning a dog can actually decrease risks of social isolation, which means that there is a decrease in mental health risks for dog owners!

Dogs in a heart

3. Reduces stress, anxiety and depression

When you’re feeling low or stressed, you can always count on your furry friend to cheer you up! You feel a sense of calmness when you pat and cuddle up to a dog, and their presence stops you from feeling like you’re alone.

A journal article from the British Journal of Health Psychology suggests that the companionship that comes from owning a dog can enhance feelings of competence and increase your self-esteem due to the way that dogs greet humans (excitedly running up to you, jumping up and licking you), their loyalty to their owners and because of their perceived ability to love!

Love My Dog

4. Increase immunity & reduced risk of allergies

Dogs promote a healthy lifestyle due to the reasons stated above. It’s also believed that dogs can improve your immunity and decrease the risk of allergies! This is explained through a research article from the Canine Behavior Centre from the School of Psychology.

We’ve grown up in a world where we are constantly cleaning and creating sterile environments. Unfortunately, this isn’t great for our health! We need to be exposed to a mixture of bacteria, and by constantly getting rid of them, our immune systems weaken. Dogs carry a whole range of good bacteria, so they can actually improve your microbiome (the environment in which microorganisms exist)! It’s super beneficial for kids to grow up around dogs too as this promotes a healthy immune system and reduces their risks of allergies.

5. You become a better person!

With owning a dog, comes great responsibility! You’re responsible for their lives- feeding them, taking them for a walk, along with giving them love and attention. So, you become more organised and learn to be responsible! Having a furry friend teaches you to be empathetic and makes you care for another being.

Be the person your dog thinks you are

Can't get a dog?

If you’re unable to own a dog, you can still surround yourself with furry friends! Volunteer at an animal shelter or walk a friend’s dog! You can even just go for a walk and past as many dogs as you can along the way (hehe!).

If you’re thinking about owning a dog, please ADOPT, DON’T SHOP! There are plenty of cute pups looking for a good home.

My Dog

As you can see, owning a dog can literally make you healthier... But that’s not why I got my fur baby, Fynn. The best thing about having a dog isn’t taking him for a walk, teaching him tricks, or patting his gorgeous, soft fur. In reality, the best thing about being mumma to my gorgeous Fynn, is coming home at the end of a long day and having him greet me at the door with pure joy. No judgement, no grudges, you just get greeted by a beautiful, selfless creature that thinks the world of you.


October is Dogtober! This month-long campaign aims to raise money for Dogs For Good, an organisation that trains assistance dogs to help children and adults who face a variety of challenges. These include autism, disabilities, special education needs and dementia. These dogs help people to overcome daily challenges along with improving lives and communities.

To get involved in the Dogtober events or to donate, click HERE.

I want to see your doggos! Follow me on @laurensimpsonfitness and tag me in your fur baby pics!





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