Can dogs make you healthier?

Are you a ‘dog person’? Do you love having them in your lives? Are they part of the family?

Noodles HatWe are & yes he is. We’ve had Noodles since he was 8 weeks old. He was one of the cutest looking puppies I’ve ever seen and he’s still a head turner 2 1/2 years later.

He’s a ‘Ttoodle‘ which is a cross between a Tibetan Terrier & a Toy Poodle and every single time we are in the park we get stopped numerous times by people asking us about him.

He’s one of the coolest looking dogs you could find. He’s not small and he’s not big – medium (ish) if you like. He is however a VERY cheeky dog. It’s just in his DNA.

His best feature is how brilliant he is with the Nips. Nip #1 and him are life long best friends & Nip#2 and him are like twins (in more ways than one!).

Prior to Noodles, we had a beautiful Golden Lab called ‘Lumpy’, who unfortunately at the age of 3 was killed in a hit and run. She was a lean, all muscle, powerful lab with a killer smile and a cracking personality. Truthfully, I still miss her deeply 5 years after she died. Labs are my favourite breed of dog (sorry Noodles!!) and I will get one again some day in the future.

So when I was contacted by Jenny from Here Pup asking if I would be happy to share an Infographic she has produced about how having a dog benefits your health (in 22 ways to be exact!) I was only too happy to agree.

So this is a first for The Stented Papa – the first time another blogger has written a piece for my site. Agh the pride, the pride 🙂 So allow me to introduce you to Jenny and as much as I’d like to say I wrote the rest of this post & created the infographic, well that would just be a big fat lie!!!

If you’re not yet convinced that having a dog is good for you, here are some ways to convince you.

A dog has been scientifically proven to improve the health and well-being of its owners in a variety of ways. This builds the case supporting dog ownership all the more.

There is no right age or status in life to own a dog. Whether you’re single, a parent, or an elderly person who is already retired, you will benefit from owning a dog. For starters, dogs help their masters stay healthy – physically, emotionally and psychologically.

They are not only effective in caring for their humans and watching out for their properties, but they actually contribute to their general well-being. Dogs offer lots of exercise, can help their owner de-stress by cheering them up and they do listen to their humans when they need to vent or rant.

Don’t believe us? Check out this infographic for the 22 ways that dogs make humans healthier. You’ll probably want to get a dog immediately!

22 Ways Dogs Make Humans Healthier

What do you think? Agree? Let me & Jenny know in the comments making sure to tell us what breed of doggy you have 🙂

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26 Comments Add yours

  1. Avatar Kevin Davies says:

    We are a family of dog lovers! And I love the infographic! As a child, I remember fondly of having rough moments and my dog being there licking my tears just providing comfort. Absolutely help heal the heart I say
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    1. Hey Kevin! I missed your comment somehow, my apologies. I can’t lay claim to the infographic but I did really think it was great. Yeah, dogs are great. They know when someone needs a lick if they aren’t feeling 100%. I still miss my lab Lumpy so much even though she’s gone over 6 years now such is the level of importance they bring. Thanks a million for reading & commenting. Regards, Ross

  2. Yes to all of that Ross! We are big dog lovers . I lost my little old buddy last year, he was a beautiful Staffordshire Bull Terrier, almost 16. I don’t think I will ever stop missing him. Now we have Gracey, our Newfoundland puppy and we love her to bits too! She just takes a lot more space up!

    Noodles is super cool by the way 🙂

    Thanks so much for linking up to #MMBC. Hope to see you next week.

    1. So sorry to hear you lost your buddy, it’s extremely hard to cope with. We lost our Lab 5 years back in a hit & run and we still miss her like crazy. 16 years is a great age though. At least you have a new pup to focus on now which will defo keep you busy!! Noodles is a cool little fella alright, he turns a lot of heads when we’re out!! Thanks for reading & commenting. See you tomorrow. Cheers, Ross #MMBC

  3. Oh I agree absolutely. We are really really feeling our loss at the moment and I know it will only get worse as time goes on. Noodles is utterly adorable!
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    1. Your last tweet when we were chatting Louise is the perfect way to think of your lab & our lab – ‘hopefully they are playing ball somewhere together. Or tug of war on a stick!!’ I’ll go with that as a happy thought. Entered your amazing competition, my God that is some prize to give away. I’ve all fingers, legs & toes crossed for this one hehe. Thanks a million for commenting. Speak soon, Ross #BigPinkLink

  4. Avatar Debbie says:

    Hi Ross & Jenny, Losing your lab like that must have been absolutely devastating, just thinking about it turns my stomach. Noodles does look a character and if you squint in the dark he does look a bit like a lab…. I couldn’t imagine our house without a dog or two. We have five dogs (six at the moment as we are looking after my parent’s dog) and wouldn’t swap any of them, although we had planned to downsize, but when we did lose two older dogs we soon ended up with another couple of stray puppies (the peril of living in a country where dumping puppies rather than desexing them is not uncommon). We have two Yorkie type dogs, a Greek domestic dog, a hunting type and a Belgian shepherd… If only the people who dump their dogs stopped to realise how totally amazing creatures they are. I do believe we benefit greatly from owning a dog, even if my husband’s blood pressure is rising as he’s just found another pair of laces nibbled through…. Something I hope the younger dogs will grow out of soon.. At least it’s only the laces they have a thing for!

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.

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    1. Hey Debs! Jayzus, you wrote this comment like a few years back!!! Somehow, it ended up in my spam so my apologies for the delay. Yeah, there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t miss her & that’s a fact. She left a massive whole but thankfully we found Noodles to keep us busy and entertained!!! Completely different character but that’s completely expected. 5 dogs – wow, that’s a busy household so, fair play to you! For the life of me I just cannot understand how anyone could just dump a dog in a field and drive away? WTF like? Shameful. But in your case, you benefited so every cloud and all that! Thanks a million for reading & commenting. Chat soon, Ross #MMBC

  5. We are a family of dog lovers! And I love the infographic! As a child, I remember fondly of having rough moments and my dog being there licking my tears just providing comfort. Absolutely help heal the heart I say! =) #MMBC

    1. We are too! Delighted you loved the infographic, it was well put together. Being comfortable with dogs stems from your childhood and it’s one of the reasons we got Noodles so the girls would benefit in a number of ways. And it’s exactly what’s happening. They adore him and he absolutely loves them. Winner Winner 🙂 Thanks for reading & commenting Selena. Speak soon, Ross #MMBC

  6. Aaah, I’ve never owned a dog, but I’ve always thought that the health benefits would be huge! I absolutely love dogs though, and would love to have one-my mum doesn’t like them, so we never had any growing up, then me and my husband were about to get one, but got sidetracked by 2 babies in 14 months! But now the children are really interested in dogs (they adore my friend’s golden Labrador,) and we’ve taken him for a few walks with the children-so it might be our time to get one now! I have always imagined that walking and running with a dog would make it much more fun than going alone, and I used to work as a nurse, and one ward I worked on had a resident cat, and dogs were allowed to visit if nobody had any allergies or objections, as the Drs always spoke about the health benefits of having them around!
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    1. Agh Labs are my favourite breed of dog hands down (sorry Noodles!!), I just love them. We had one from 8 weeks old. She burst through her siblings to get to us and I knew immediately she was the one. Only had her for 3 1/2 yrs as she was run down in a hit & run. Heartbreaking. Still miss her 5 yrs later but the joy of having her was amazing. They are hard work though, need so much walking & running but a joy to have at the same time. If your kids adore your friends lab that’s the best sign imo for you to get one and generally they are brilliant with children!! Thanks a million Lucy for reading & commenting, speak soon. Ross #BigPinkLink

  7. We are cat people in this house – but I have to say, I think any animal is good for your soul 🙂 #MMBC

    1. I can agree with that for sure. We had both growing up – albeit not at the same time. Thanks for reading. Regards, Ross #MMBC

  8. Avatar Esther Diaz says:

    This is soo accurate. I love Dogs they are the most sweetest thing ever. Soon I will have my own dog, im planning to get big ones or medium. Every time I see one, I just can’t help but pet them. Thank you for sharing this informative article and an awesome infographic. Keep it up! 🙂

    1. Yeah they are great. And once you get attached to them, they become a fully fledged family member. Numerous benefits! Glad you liked the post & infographic. Thanks for commenting. Regards, Ross

  9. Avatar Nige says:

    Not really a dog person but I guess all the walking will make you healthier good read mate Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

    1. Yep it sure does Nige. For me, I like to run and I always bring Noodles with me. Many benefits of having a dog. Cheers mate for reading & commenting. Regards, Ross #ThatFridayLinky

  10. Avatar Dave says:

    Perfect post that I can use to increase the chances I have of persuading my wife to get a dog!! Love the infographic too it looks amazing. Very cheery post enjoyed reading

    1. Hahaha, brilliant stuff Dave!!! Sorry for the delay in replying to you. Has it helped you since you commented? Did you get a dog? Hope so and hope the training is going well if you did!! Thanks a million for reading and commenting. Regards, Ross

  11. Avatar moneycorgi says:

    Dogs are your friends.
    Cats are just animals that let you share your house with them.

    1. I’ve nothing against cats if I’m very honest, we’ve had both in our house growing up as kids. But I agree with your comment. Yes dogs are more work but you get so much more enjoyment and friendship with them over cats. My daughters love Noodles, absolutely love him. That said, they are amazed with cats and how they are different! Thanks for reading. Regards, Ross.

  12. Avatar Emily says:

    Oh no! I’m more of a cat person, even though I’m allergic to most of them! I thin k it’s because we always had cats growing up, but one of my girls loves dog and the other loves cats/ Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky
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    1. Cats are easier to keep and maintain etc and like you I grew up with cats in my teens but we had dogs when I was younger. But in my adult life, I’d take a dog first any day. They require a lot of attention and training etc and at times it’s like having another child but the enjoyment & reward is far greater. Get one of each and your twins will be happy 🙂 Thanks for commenting and apologies for the delay in getting back to you. Chat soon. Ross #ThatFridayLinky

  13. Dogs are good people and definetly make this world a better place! In dog I trust! <3 Great post!

    1. Hey Lisa, Agreed 100%, I’m defo with you!! Glad you liked the post, thanks for reading & commenting. Regards, Ross

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