Essay on Why You Should Adopt a Dog

823 Words Sep 17th, 2014 4 Pages
Why You Should Adopt a Dog
Throughout history, we have found evidence that dogs played a very special role in the lives of their human companions. Dogs have left their paw prints throughout time, even in ancient civilizations. Artists have displayed paintings and drawings, showing the bond of man and his oldest companion, the dog. Ancient burial sites displayed evidence of human love for their dogs. Canine skeletal remains, were often seen with their human remains. Many ancient graves were found to have dogs buried alongside their human, with treats, providing them with a little something to snack on in the afterlife. This evidence proves man’s best friend is not a 20th century ideal, but can be traced back thousands of years. (Lobell,
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Understanding the desired breed is an important aspect of adoption. Some breeds are high energy, requiring plenty of exercise, while others are happy with a lower energy lifestyle. Owning a dog does have responsibilities, and for some, this commitment does not fit their lifestyle. Dogs require exercise, a feeding schedule, clean water, and frequent opportunities to go outside to “tend to business.” Dogs also require routine medical care, such as vaccinations, neutering, and training. Studies have shown there are many physical and emotional benefits from dog ownership. Most pet owners are aware of the joy an animal can bring but may be unaware of the physical benefits of pet ownership. The American Heart Association has linked the pet ownership, especially dogs, with a reduced risk for heart disease and greater longevity. AHA contributes lower blood pressure, decrease obesity, lower lipid levels to the increase activity and lower stress levels of dog owners. Exercising with your dog, whether walking, or throwing a ball, can also provide increase exercise for you!
The AHA research recommended:
Pet ownership, particularly dog ownership, is probably associated with decreased CVD risk (Level of Evidence: B). (Levine et al., 2013) Children raised with dogs in their family have less chances of developing allergies. Dog allergens prompt an immune response against microbes that are linked to asthma in children. Researchers also found a correlation in

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