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Are you thinking about getting a dog but not quite decided — and looking for something to help you stop sitting on the fence?


Or maybe you’re trying to persuade your family members that bringing a dog home is the right thing to do, and you need some ammunition to back up your arguments!

Or maybe you just love the dog sitting next to you right now, and want to read them something that will make them feel good?

We’ve got you covered! Here are our top ten reasons why you should own a dog.


Entertainment

Let’s face it, dogs are hilarious. Whether it’s the silly expressions they make, their happy doggy grin with their tongue hanging out, or how they can chase their tail for what seems like hours at a time, it’s almost as though they were specifically designed to be the court jesters of our households!


Safety

Larger dog breeds are often sought after for their trainability as guard dogs. But even smaller dogs, or breeds that aren’t known for their guarding tendencies, have an inborn desire to protect their human family.


We always recommend training your dog for safe guarding, and socializing them with other animals, people, and especially children. But there’s no doubt about it that having a dog around makes us feel much more confident and safe, whether we’re at home or traveling.


Faster Recovery From Illness

Did you know that having a dog can actually improve the recovery rate after surgery or sickness? How about the fact that dogs can help us deal with tragedies or losses?


Dogs are incredibly therapeutic animals. The research into why they’re so beneficial to ill humans is still being carried out, but it’s a cinch that petting an animal is soothing and relaxing — both of which are contributors to lessened anxiety and better health overall.


Responsibility

Adopting a dog is an excellent way to teach a child about responsibility — or an adult, if you know someone who still needs some lessons in the subject!


While we often talk about training our pets, it’s a fact that they train us in turn: to be thoughtful, plan ahead, and cultivate responsibility.


Improves Physical Well-Being

Your dog can make you better in a lot of ways, but one of the main benefits is in your physical health and well-being. We already talked about how dogs help us to recover faster from illnesses; they also can help ward off some conditions!

People with dogs tend to be more active, since dogs need exercise and plenty of play time. They also are more likely to enjoy emotional health, which we’ll talk about next.


Emotional Stability

Here’s a plain and simple fact: dogs make us happy.


The research bears this out. Some studies have found, for instance, that dog owners tend to be less depressed, less lonely, and have higher self-esteem than those without dogs. I can personally vouch for the fact that my dog cut down on my anxiety and helped me to focus on the positive.


Helps To Build Patience

Remember how we mentioned that our dogs make us better people by making us more responsible?

Another aspect of that is the building of an important life skill: patience.

It’s easy to be patient with a dog. If humans were as cute as puppies, we’d probably be more patient with them, too.

But if you have a dog, it helps to train your brain to be more patient and less abrupt. Your human friends, family, co-workers, and even total strangers may end up benefiting because you have a dog.


Loyalty

We live in some crazy times, and with the uncertainty of day to day life, it’s a huge deal to find something that you can rely on, day in and day out.


That something may just be your dog.


Dogs are very reliable animals, with the same personality day to day. They’re well known for their loyalty to their favorite humans. And in the “interesting times” we’re living in, that loyalty may be just what you need!


Boosts Socializing

Socialization took a hit over the last year and a half, but as things start to change again, we can go back to another big benefit of owning a dog: people with dogs tend to socialize more easily and frequently than those without.


There’s a practical reason for this. If you have a dog, you take them for walks and to the park. There, you meet other people with dogs. It’s only natural to talk to other dog parents — which is socializing!


On top of that, having a dog makes us more likely to ask others about their dogs. And displaying interest in others is one of the best ways to build a new friendship. And it’s all because of your dog!


They Can Save Lives

Dogs make us happy, keep us healthy, balance us out — and they can save lives.

Not only by helping us to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but also because dogs can be trained as service animals for people with health issues or disabilities. Dogs are well known to be the most frequently-used animal to assist those with limited sight, for instance.


Dogs can also be trained as emotional support animals, and even to sniff out certain ailments and diseases, such as cancer or a potential heart issue.


Dogs are also commonly used as search and rescue animals.


If you needed just one more reason to own a dog, it doesn’t get much better than this: your dog could literally save your life! And even if she doesn’t, she’ll definitely help to make your life worth living.



Updated: May 27, 2021

All puppies are two things: naturally cute and naturally chewers. As a pet parent, it's part of your job to redirect them from unsafe or inappropriate things, like your shoe or a table leg, to more chew-friendly objects that are designed to be gnawed on. Here are the best chew toys for puppies that helps teach appropriate chewing behavior (and saves your furniture).

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Kong Puppy Chew Toy

The classic KONG Puppy toy is something every new dog owner should consider. Kong has never let us down. Stuff it with some puppy kibble and peanut butter and your puppy will satisfy their need to chew and have fun. The outside is made of durable rubber, so it holds up to sharp puppy teeth.



Kong Puppy Tire

We absolutely love the Kong brand because of how durable their products are. The KONG Puppy Tire doesn’t disappoint and is specifically designed to ease teething gums. It has a stuffable inner track that you can fill with treats and peanut butter. Freeze it for more of a challenge and a longer play time.


Kong Puppy Goodie Bone with Rope


Puppies just love to chew on knotted rope and relieve some pressure on their teeth. An extra benefit of chewing on the rope is that it cleans their teeth, reduces plaque build-up and massages the gums. The KONG Puppy Goodie Bone with Rope fits the bill. Plus you can play a fun game of tug-of-war too!



Nylabone Puppy Chew Toy in Lamb & Apple Flavor

The Nylabone Puppy Chew Toy is a tried and tested toy that is highly recommended by puppy parents. It can really help to satisfy your puppy’s natural urge to chew. Chill it in the freezer and it’s ready for long-lasting entertainment and teething relief.


Hear Doggie Toys

There are some super cute squeaky toys that dogs just seem to love, but realistically, they can be a little annoying. That’s where the Hear Doggie Toys are one of the best doggie toy inventions ever. They have an ultrasonic, silent squeaker that only dogs can hear. Your puppy will be able to squeak that toy for hours on end and everybody will be in peaceful bliss. Consider this as more a gift for yourself.


Outward Hound Hide a Squirrel Puzzle

The Outward Hound Hide a Squirrel Toy is a fun and interactive game you can play with your pup. Stuff the trunk with the squeaking squirrels, then let your puppy sniff and hunt for them hiding inside. It encourages them to problem solve while you watch them have fun.



OurPets IQ Treat Ball

You can fill the IQ Treat Ball with your pup’s kibble and as they roll it and play with it the treats will fall out and be rewarded for being active. The difficulty levels are adjustable so you can challenge your puppy as they figure it out while having a fun and interactive feeding experience.




Now that you're now ready to cuddle and play with your new furry family member, check out this MUST READ: The Ultimate Puppy Socialization Checklist.



Updated: May 24, 2021

We only recommend our most favorite products that we would use ourselves and with our precious pooches and that have the highest reviews from other pup-parents. We sometimes earn a small commission (at no cost to you) when you click through the Amazon Affiliate links on our website.

You and your pup love the outdoors. You dream of hiking mountains, paddling lakes, camping under the stars or even just walking trails through a nearby forest. We’ve rounded up the essential gear that you’ll need to have fun and stay safe on your next outdoor adventure. Every outdoor dog enthusiast will need these.



PetFon Pet GPS Tracker

Nothing can be more worrying than losing track of your pup while you’re on a walk or hike through the woods that you’re not familiar with. The PetFon GPS Tracker is a compact, weatherproof device that gives you the ability to monitor and track the whereabouts of your dog wherever you are. GPS, WiFi, bluetooth, and long distance wireless technologies are used for accurate real-time positioning. The important bonus feature is that there is no monthly fee or service charge and it’s very easy to set up and use.


Highway AutoDog Mug


The Highway Autodog Mug is a patented design that features a one-handed operation system. You can offer your pup water without any fear of leaks. It holds 20 oz of water and is convenient fitting into any cup holder when you’re on the go.



Outward Hound Dog Daypak

The Outward Hound Dog DayPak is a saddlebag-style dog backpack that allows your pup to comfortably carry extra gear and essentials while on-the-go!It’s a durable and lightweight dog pack designed specifically for hiking and trekking with your pup. Store and organize treats, poop bags, leashes, etc. securely and conveniently. It will keep your pup feeling like they’re on the job and working hard.




Ruff collapsible silicone Dog bowl

This is a truly useful item when you’re out in the great outdoors. The Ruff Barkbowl features a collapsible design meaning there’s no bulky bowl to carry around. When it’s time for a drink or for food, simply prop it up and fill it up. It’s made of silicone so there’s no leaks and ready for any adventure you’ll have together in the outdoors.


PeCute Waterproof Car Seat Cover

This is a quality hammock style car seat cover that is one of the most versatile out there. Once you’ve been trekking through the mud and water on your outdoor adventure, this product will save your vehicle. One of our favorite features of the PeCute Dog Carseat Cover is that you can unzip the seat cover and make it a 'Semi Hammock' so that children/people can sit in the back seat as well. The ventilated mesh windows are also great because they not only allow you and your pooch to see each other but it also lets you use your rear vents to get air circulation back there.




Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket

Make sure your buddy stays afloat while he catches some waves or for your next fishing adventure. The Outward Hound Dog Life Jacket is a high-performance dog flotation device for any water activity. Even if your dog is a great swimmer it’s designed to keep your dog safe while allowing them to enjoy the water (and give yourself a little peace of mind).


LED dog collar

This LED Dog Collar is more than just brilliant fun - it’s a simple way to keep our furry friends safe and visible at night. A great idea especially for camping or evening walks. With several neon colors and sizes to choose from, you can customize for your canine’s personality.



Nite Ize NiteDog Light Up Dog Leash

Take your best friend for an evening walk safely and be highly visible to traffic. The Nite Ize LED Dog Leash illuminates the full length of the leash, providing hand-to-collar visibility which makes it unique to the other leashes out there. It’s also known for being weather durable and of higher quality. It’s USB rechargeable and will last about 6.5 hours between charges. It costs a little more than the others, but in the long run, you’ll be saving.



KUDES Dog Sleeping Bag

A packable, waterproof, durable, quick-drying, lightweight sleeping bag for your dog perfect for camping and overnight trips? Yes, please! The Kudes Dog Sleeping Bag will keep your pup warm and cozy so you’ll both have a good night’s sleep.



RUFFWEAR Swamp Cooling Dog Vest

Imagine one of those hot and humid summer days. Now imagine you have a fur coat on. Exactly. That’s where the RuffWear Swamp Cooling Dog Vest becomes essential for your dog. It’s designed to keep your canine cooler using 3 layers of cooling material. The outer layer reflects heat and facilitates evaporation, the middle layer absorbs and stores water and the mesh lining keeps your dog dry and comfortable. Now your pup can join you on those adventures even in the sweltering heat.



Dexas MudBuster Portable Dog Paw Washer


Finally a way to solve a problem that has plagued all nature-loving dog owners: dirty paws. The Texas MudBuster Portable Paw Washer is an innovative and convenient way to keep your pup’s paws clean after a muddy hike, a run in the park or anytime your pup has dirty paws. It’s simple to use: muddy paws go in, clean paws come out!


Musher’s Secret Dog Paw Wax

If you’re dealing with any outdoor conditions like snow, salt, ice, and blistering pavement in the summers, this product will literally save your dog’s paws.

Musher’s Secret Dog Paw Wax acts like an invisible boot to protect your pup’s paws, while also strengthening and moisturizing their pads and preventing paws from drying and cracking. It’s made with the highest quality, natural food-grade waxes and oils so it’s non-toxic and safe.



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