1. They’re the sweetest beings ever.
Distractify shares that a study done by Goldsmiths College showed that chances are, dogs will seek out people who are distressed rather than those who are not. Dogs are natural comforters. And we must admit, they do a fantastic job of it. They instinctively know when you’re down and scramble to make you feel better again.

2. They give you unconditional love.
Their only goal in life is to be with you. They’ll love you for who you are, no matter what you did. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been away—whether it be an hour or a month—when you come home, they show the same level of excitement over your arrival.

3. They make you happy. Period.
A study done in Azabu University in Japan showed that the neurohormone that is responsible for feeling happy increased in humans when they interacted with dogs. All they had to do was look into the dogs eyes—nothing else—and it bumped their happiness quotient up. How cool is that?

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4. They’re the cutest de-stressors ever!
According to The Huffington Post, a psychology professor from the University of Buffalo conducted a test which showed that participants who performed a certain task with a dog in the room had a lower stress response. In face, canines are known to have helped nurse veterans who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder back to health.

5. They help keep your heart healthy.
Since even the laziest breeds need some form of exercise, having a dog around will force you to get moving, which can help your overall physical well-being. Plus, not to mention the hours and hours of playtime you’ll log in. That’s just the physical aspect. Dogs also help the heart heal from heartbreak. Who wouldn’t feel better when your four-legged pal gazes at you with adoration? They’re extremely loyal too, and will go to the ends of the Earth to protect you.

6. They’ll help you become more social.
If you’re shy around people, your canine companion will help draw you out. Dog owners are all too familiar with meeting new friends while out walking Fido. There’s something about sharing anecdotes about pups that help people to open up. A study done by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine showed that those who have a strong relationship with their pets also feel more connected to their community.

7. They’re amusing entertainment.
Dog owners know that their furpals can go crazy with their antics. Sometimes, watching them topple over while trying to reach food on the table, or trying to get out of a pillowcase they inadvertently got themselves stuck in, can make your stomach ache with laughter. Their shenanigans are limitless, and they’re probably not even trying.

8. Dogs make you even more awesome—if that’s even possible.
Owning a dog is a huge responsibility. If you do decide to take in a fur-mily member, make sure that you have the finances to fully provide for their needs. Dogs are for keeps, not toys that can be given away when they get to be too much. The fate of a canine’s life is in your hands. You have to feed them, bathe them, train them, nurse them back to health when they’re sick—all of which requires patience, commitment and perseverance. The great thing is that, what you get in return is invaluable—their undying love and lifelong commitment to you. That’s more than you can say about some humans.

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