beaglepuppyAccording to the 2009/2010 National Pet Owners Survey, 62% of U.S. households own a pet, which equates to 71.4 million homes, In 1988, the first year the survey was conducted, 56% of U.S. households owned a pet as compared to 62% in 2008. This shows a continual growth in the number of people sharing their lives and homes with pets. It may come as no surprise to learn that there are numerous health benefits to owning a pet so whether owning a pet is a conscious decision or not in terms of owner health it certainly needs to be celebrated (APPA)


Dr Karen Allen State University of New York at Buffalo believes that pets help to Lower Blood Pressure. A recent study found that people who owned a dog or cat and suffered from hypertension had lower blood pressure readings when under stress than those in the same situation who were not pet owners. (Dr. Karen Allen, State University of New York at Buffalo)

Dogs are faithful companions and research shows that dogs and cats help owners remain psychologically stable, particularly single men, during stressful times. Pet ownership also helps fight depression and loneliness. The bond between a human and a pet can create a feeling of security and diminish feelings of isolation. Dogs require exercise and dog owners who exercise their pets gain the benefits of regular exercise and exposure to public places where they can meet other dogs and new people (National Institute of Health Technology Assessment Workshop: Health Benefits of Pets).

Now with all this said choosing the right dog or cat is very important, you must consider breed, size, activity level, care requirements and much more. Will you rescue a dog or cat and adopt it through a shelter or will you search for a breeder. However you decide to find your new pet contact your local DogSmith. Your local DogSmith can help you in your choice, talk through with you all your options and even assist you in temperamental testing to ensure you pick a pet that will comfortably assimilate into your home. DogSmith Dog Trainers offer “Pet Dog Selection” consultations. Once your new dog is home your DogSmith can help you in the first sixty days with house training, crate training and socialization prior to you embarking on your dog obedience education goals. This effect is certainly worth it on your part given the years of companionship you will gain from your new family pet and hopefully a reduction in your health care costs!

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