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The connection between humans and dogs has been long acknowledged as one of the strongest bonds around - even if, at some point, they will inevitably try to steal a sausage off your plate. Here s why we think dogs are the best pets ever. 1. They re incredibly loyal. It s no wonder a 40% of dog owners recently admitted they tell their dogs everything we know we can trust them to be there for us! 2. Their positive attitude is infectious. Dogs get so excited over the simplest things sticks, discarded food wrappers, a trip to the corner shop that they make you appreciate the little things in life. No one can be sad with a waggy-tailed friend around. MORE: 3. They re good at cuddles. Not much in life that beats a night on the sofa, snuggled up with a cup of tea in hand and your arm round a snoozing pooch. 4. They make you active
even when you really, really can t be bothered to go for a stroll, the necessity of walkies means you ve just got to get out there.

And you always feel glad that you ve had the exercise. 5. They do their business outside. Unlike cats, you don t need to keep a litter box inside when you own a dog although you will find yourself constantly carrying around poo bags! MORE: 6. They love you back. Scientists have discovered that dogs release the love hormone oxytocin when interacting with humans. We always knew they loved us too! 7. They re always happy when you get home. While teenagers might greet you with a grunt when you arrive back from the office, your dog will be positively beside itself at your arrival. Bless them. 8. They make you chat to people. Any dog owner will know that walking your pet is a sure fire way to start conversations with fellow animal lovers. In a world where people are increasingly isolated, that s a wonderful thing. 9.

They make sure no food ever goes to waste. If you re full up from dinner but can t stand the thought of tipping any leftovers into the rubbish, your furry little dustbin is always on hand to help. 10. They make you laugh. Whether they re accidentally doing a backward roll off the sofa or giving you the beady eye as you scoff down a bacon sandwich without offering them any, dogs will constantly have you chuckling at their antics. And nothing beats a bit of laughter. (Images: Getty) Kids tend to think of all the good, fun benefits of having a pet. Parents who are experienced, or even first-time pet owners, know there is a lot of patience, time and effort involved but that the payoff of sharing your home and life is the unconditional love a well-cared-for pet gives. It s well worth it. For those parents sitting on the edge, here are several positive reasons you might not have thought of to bring a pet home for your kids: Children who grow up in homes with pets have less risk of developing common allergies and asthma.

Playing with dogs may help lower blood pressure. Kids with pets get outside more to go for walks, run and play and enjoy all the associated health benefits. Pet owners require fewer doctor s visits. Emerging readers often feel more comfortable reading aloud to a pet. Nurturing a pet is an acceptable way for boys to parent play to practice being caregivers. Feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility. Children with pets display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. Sharing the love and care of a family pet forges an additional common bond among siblings. Cuddling a pet reduces stress, loneliness and anxiety.

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