Humans and dogs have held a relationship for over 100,000 years. Dogs are a part of the longest-held eugenics experiment in the world. We’ve created and genetically designed them to our preferences.
I imagine that before the friendship started a wolf pup realized how much they would benefit from befriending a human. A wolf pup wouldn’t know to be afraid of a child and would be curious about him/her. Eventually, the child and pup would be playing together.
The humans would bring back lots of meat and the wolf pup would act well-behaved and cute to get some food. not do things to get yelled at (and possibly not get food).
So then the domesticated dog was born, the ULTIMATE schmoozers.
The dogs were not the only ones to benefit in this relationship, humans got a loyal companion along with the following bonuses for having a dog.
1. Security and protection
Having a dog is free 24/7 security from any threats (especially helpful for when humans lived out in the open basically). You can’t sneak up on a man with a dog.
2. They are good for your health
Dogs are great for the human being’s health. Spending time with your pup can lower your blood pressure and if you do happen to have a heart attack, you are TWICE as likely to recover than people who don’t have a dog. Dogs can also help protect your children from skin conditions and allergies (studies also show that dogs improve kid’s self-esteem and coping skills).
When you are a dog owner it forces you frequently get out of the house and walk, even if you don’t want to do anything. Once you’re outside with your furry friend, you feel glad that you got out and you will feel better when you get home.
3. Dogs save our lives by sniffing out bombs
They are out their every day, sniffing out bombs, we would have never had safely found on our own. If we tried to find them ourselves it’d be deadly, tedious and inefficient. Also, many soldiers would die from accidentally triggering a bomb.
Dog’s noses are so much stronger than ours and it will lead them straight to the bomb. They will then alert their master so they can disarm and remove it.
4. Dogs can detect changes in our bodies chemicals
Dogs can actually smell what is going on in our bodies, just by sitting near us. In fact, they can notice subtle fluctuations in your body’s chemicals and hormones.
Dogs can be trained to warn epileptics when they are about to have a seizure. They can smell CANCER and early detection can save your life.
For Diabetics, dogs can sense a dip in their blood sugar and alert them to take their insulin shot. They can track down invasive insects like termites or bed bugs. They can actually smell minerals and bacteria too!
5. Dogs are like a (no side-effects) antidepressant
Studies have shown that playing with a dog will boost your brain neurotransmitters, Seratonin and Dopamine. These feel-good chemicals help you to feel happy and calm.
Although we cannot have a typical human conversation with our pups, we have evolved to communicate with our furry friends. Just from listening to a dog bark, people can tell if it is excited, scared or angry.
7. Unconditional love
True unconditional love exists only in fairy tales and religious books, but here, in reality, people have conditions on their love for you. Dogs, on the other hand, will love you till their death. Abandoned dogs have traveled thousands of miles to return to its master. One dog’s owner had a heart-attack at work and died. The dog waited every day at the train station for his owner’s return. This poor pup would scan the crowds only to be disappointed at the end of each day. But the pup showed up every day through rain or snow with the hopes that today will be the day his beloved owner would get off the train. He waited until his death.
8. Living in the present
Dogs know something, us humans have struggled to learn, and that is how to live in the present. Dogs don’t obsess over the times they were a “bad boy” or “bad girl”.
No, they live in the now, and right now, and they are just happy to be here. We should all learn from our companions that we should be happy with what you have right now.
Check out your local animal shelter and see what kind of happy, furry face you could welcome into your family! What’s your favorite dog breed?
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