Surprising Ways Owning a Dog Is Good for Your Health

Apart from the sheer fun of owning a pet, having a dog enhances well-being and even personal growth in many ways.

Caring for a dog teaches kids responsibility and offers everyone in the family unconditional love. Many studies have found that the social support that dogs — and pets in general — provide boosts their owner’s emotional health.

There are also many physical benefits to dog ownership.

Walking Rover on a regular basis — once or twice every day — can help you reach your own daily exercise goals and, in turn, lower your heart disease risk. In fact, according to one study, owners who