Everyone should have a dog

Anna Potts

Many people across the world own dogs or other types of pets. This is because dogs have a very particular and unusual way of relieving stress and bringing joy to their humans. Every person should own a dog. 

A study by Statista shows that 471 million people worldwide own a dog. Sophomore Harper Ford is one of these dog owners. “It’s a really good feeling to come home to someone who’s excited to see you.” said Ford. She has two dogs, Chilly and Alex. She loves them because they are “good cuddle buddies,” and “always there.” 

Dogs provide a level of emotional support to humans. It is shown that when humans bond with a dog, the brain releases oxytocin, which stimulates bonding and trust, therefore easing stress. This also helps the dog, because their brain also releases oxytocin, which brings about the unconditional love that makes owning a dog worthwhile.  

Owning a dog is also good for you physically. They encourage movement with their high energy personalities. A British study uncovered that most dog owners spend nearly 300 minutes walking with their dogs every week. Many dogs are bred for specialized jobs, which can release stress on many people of labor-based occupations.  

Having a dog with a social personality could also increase a person’s social skills. This can benefit many aspects of life, such as daily interactions as well as professionalism.  

Dogs come in many different shapes, sizes, and personalities to fit every person’s home and lifestyle. There are even hypoallergenic breeds for the people who suffer from pet related allergies, such as poodles and schnauzers 

Overall, dogs just make people happier. They bring joy and make everyone feel less alone. They give humans a sense of emotional well-being due to their unconditional love. To alleviate stress, loneliness, and other issues, adopt a dog, you need them as much as they need you.