The 7 benefits of living with a dog

lovable sleeping dog

I have a dog now for about 1+ year, and I remember writing back then when we got her about how owning a dog changes your life. Now I’m quite certain that my life is changed, and only for the better. Lluna (the name of lady Shih-Tzu dog) really is a cute lovable bowl of fur that only makes our life more beautiful.

Lluna lives inside the house and she’s sleeping with us in the same bed when she wants to. She’s quite spoiled but without crossing the limits most of the times. She only pees and poops outside, and she knows how to ask for things when she wants them.

Every dog is unique and having one in your life has definite benefits. We’re going to tackle some on the lines below; but beyond any list, a dog is a life experience hard to describe in exact words. And I’m grateful every day for the joy and laughs and positivism it brings.

Top 7 benefits of living with a dog

(1) A dog is a great mood-lifter

No matter how tired you come home from work, your dog is so happy to see you. Every. Given. Day. He wiggles his tail, he jumps on you, he runs around the house bringing you a toy to play with him and licks your hands or face… and this happens with an intensity so hight you wonder how miserable he must have felt while you were away.

This lifts your mood almost instantly. You start talking to him, play with him, hug and kiss him. How can you not be happy when you see such a great display of it?

(2) A dog teaches you to live in the now

He’s happy right now, no matter what happens next. He knows you’re about to leave for work and leave him alone, but he’s happy till the very moment you leave. He knows what’s next but chooses to enjoy the present.

(3) A dog shows the importance of touching

No matter the little space, your dog will sit as close as possible to you. That’s how he feels safe and loved. Especially when he feels ill, he’ll come even closer to you, he will even sleep on you, literally (if possible, of course). Touching is so important in a non-verbal language of unconditional love and trust.

(4) A dog will keep you exercising

As he needs walking every day, he will ask you out with regularity, no exceptions. You then get the 30 min of exercise every day, at minimum. Plus, walks with him are never boring. You get to laugh a lot, meet new people, make new friends etc. You really can’t avoid feeling alive when you live with a dog.

(5) A dog will teach you responsibility

You will learn how to take care of a creature totally dependent on you. You need to make sure you feed and exercise him regularly. Take him to the vet for his shots and appointments. Then teach him the house rules and the behaviors you expect from him outside. It’s a beautiful ride, where you’ll learn things about yourself you didn’t really think about.

(6) Living with a dog means paying attention

To life, to the surroundings and to him. Checking for his mood swings, or if something happened to him. Or gazing at how cute he sleeps and feeling like cuddling next to him and hug and kiss him.

(7) A dog means unconditional love

No matter how his behavior is during his bad moments or days (a dog has those too!) and how hard you scold him, he’ll stick around and try to make amends. There can’t be a worse things in this world for him than you being angry to him. His love is unconditional and limitless, and it goes beyond pride and the need to be right.

A dog will teach you what real, unconditional love is, and it’s a great lesson to pay attention to. Having a dog in my life is a decision I congratulate myself on each and every day. I would have missed on so many things would I’ve decided differently. So yes, after 1+ years of living with my dog, I am still extremely happy with the decision. It’s a ride, but one that I love, with its good and bad. But who remembers the bad when at the end of the day you always end up cuddling the most lovable little bowl of happiness?

lovely dog