Puppies have been scientifically linked to increasing one’s happiness. According to a Dog Parent Study conducted by BarkBox, 71% of dog parents believe that their dogs have made them happier people. Throughout history dogs have been known to be “man’s (or woman’s) best friend. Their loyalty to their owners is unmatched. Having a puppy has a significant affect on your well-being. Puppies turn into a companion for life. So, if we haven’t convinced you why you need a puppy, here’s six reasons.
1. Wake Up Early
Having a puppy means you’ll have to wake up early. Between having to take your puppy outside to let him/her pee or poop you’ll spend a lot of time having to get up out of your sleep. This will cause you to develop a routine that you and your puppy follow to wake up and go to bed at a certain time. About 80% of people find it easier to awake in the morning because their puppies greet them. Generally, puppies wake up early and full of energy, so you’ll get in a habit of waking up early too. Most importantly, the thought of pee and poop getting on your carpet or hardwood floors will cause you to want to get up early to relieve your puppy.
2. On Time to Work
Waking up early means you’re not hitting snooze on your alarm multiple times. When you wakeup early you’re able to get more stuff done in the morning instead of scrambling to get there. Get in the habit of being punctual, it’ll make you look good to your boss.
3. Physically Fit
Puppies need exercise. Taking them for walks and runs will not only help you get in shape, but will tire your puppy out for bedtime. It’s good for puppies to get lots of exercise in because it’s good for their health and longevity.
4. Mental Health
Puppies just make you happy! Whether you’re having a bad day or a bad week, a puppy can change your mood. They also make for great therapists. A puppy will listen to you and the best part about it is that’s they won’t judge you.
5. Less Stress
Research shows that interacting with dogs can help reduce stressTrusted Source. Even something as simple as playing fetch or petting your pup can increase levels of the feel-good hormone oxytocin in your brain, and lower production of cortisol, a stress-inducing hormone. Furthermore, 93% of people stated that they are better people overall because of their puppies.
6. Time Management
Puppies need a routine. This helps with behavioral problems and with potty training. You don’t want your puppy to control your household, but once you get in a habit of knowing when they need to relieve themselves it’ll help you plan potty breaks. In addition, if you have to leave your puppy at home during the day while you’re at work, you will learn how to quickly get things done to get home to your puppy. Having a puppy causes you to prioritize what’s important and what’s not.