Why Your Dog Can Help You Live Longer

January 10th, 2014

Give your pooch an extra pat because his slobbery smile could be the key to a longer life. Although the jury is still officially out when it comes to whether or not owning a dog actually helps you live longer we think these statistics are pretty hard to argue with.

Dogs keep  you moving

According to an Australian study, new dog owners increased their walking time by 31 minutes a week. On average dogs are walked four times a week for 40 minutes each time (http://www.psmag.com/). The average person burns between 110 – 150 calories in a 40 minute period walking the dog and if you push it a bit further into a jog you’ll burn between 150 – 200 calories in 40 minutes. An active lifestyle and healthy weight are two key variables that experts say are directly linked to longevity and quality of life.

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A Cuddle a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Stroking and patting a dog (or any pet) is a great way to relieve stress. Research shows it can reduce the physiological indicators of stress, including high blood pressure. Further, the non-judgemental companionship and unconditional love offered by pets is known to have considerable mental health benefits for owners, including increased self-esteem. There is a reason that a dog is called man’s best friend!

Pets Change Your Persona

People who own pets are seen as more approachable! Neighbourhoods that have a high percentage of dog owners are more close knit because people acknowledge and interact with one another when out with their dog. People who live in a supportive community reportedly live longer and happier lives. Make sure you’re making a good impression when you walk your dog with our dog walking tips!

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This Blog was written by the furry family at Petplan Australasia. Petplan Pet Insurance specialises in animal and animal industry insurance. Our practices keep the role that pet insurance plays in responsible pet ownership and the health of the pet at the forefront. For tips to keep your pet healthy, make sure you follow us on Facebook.

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