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Man’s Best Friend: Dogs vs. Other Pets?

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Man’s Best Friend | For as long as humans have existed, they have found a loyal and best friend among canines. Before humans domesticated dogs and started keeping them as pets, they were excellent hunters. Certain dog species helped farmers keep their produce safe from other canines.

Not only this, they were trusted with large estates that needed protection from intruders and other dangers. Along with their protective instincts, they also made great companions at home. With so many qualities and, of course, their loveable nature, it’s not surprising dogs are loved more than other pets.

Although all pets are best friends in the eyes of their owners, certain distinctive qualities give dogs an edge above all.

So, if you’re just curious to know what makes dogs as friends, here are nine of them.

9 Qualities That Make Dogs Man’s Best Friend

They Love Playing

Unlike other pets, dogs are always ready to play with you. A good game of fetch or a quick jog in the park can improve your mood while also providing them with the necessary physical activity. Moreover, they can also play for hours with their toys, but that doesn’t mean they don’t want your attention. In fact, even during solo play, they’re always ready for you to play and entertain them.

They Shower Us With Unconditional Love

Most pets show us love when they’re in the mood for it. However, with dogs, it’s a bit different. No matter what you’re going through in life, a friend dog will always shower you with unconditional love. They don’t even need words to express it, as their actions speak for their ever-increasing love. Whether you feed them expensive food or buy them costly toys, it’s not going to make them a difference in their love for you. They will love you just the same, even if you don’t give them the best of everything.

They Are Smart

What’s better than having a furry friend who loves you unconditionally and is also intelligent? Nothing, in our opinion. Dogs are known to have sharp memory and intelligence, which is why they make great companions for hiking, hunting, and other challenging trips. Not only this, they are easy to train since they can remember your commands, making it easy for you to take them anywhere. Moreover, they will remember everyone who ever hurt you or caused you distress, so there’s no chance of them returning into your life as long you have your canine by your side.

They Can Detect Mood Changes

Having dogs as friends means you have a personal therapist by your side forever. They can easily detect mood changes, especially if you’re having a bad day. If they see you sulking in a corner or bed all day, they will stay by your side and will never leave you alone with your thoughts. Though they may not offer you comforting words, they will distract you with their cute gimmicks and constant need for attention, scratches, and walks.

They Can Detect Health Changes Too

Dogs have sharp senses. One of these senses is their highly sensitive olfactory system that can detect changes in your health. Although cats have been reported to sense health problems, some scientific studies have warranted a dog’s ability to detect this efficiently. They do this by sniffing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) that changes when we have an underlying health problem. Therefore, man’s best friend may help you save your life or others around you. Specifically, dogs can detect cancer and diabetes in their early stages.

They Can Help You Make Friends

Although this is true for most pets, dogs are great when it comes to being people-friendly. You may find your friend circle expanding thanks to your canine. It may be because you walk your dog regularly at a park when your furry friend has made friends with other humans and their dogs. Or you may have struck up a conversation with a fellow dog parent at a vet. Whatever the reason, your dog may be responsible for helping you get over your shyness when it comes to making connections and forging friendships.

They Can Improve Our Emotions

As mentioned above, dogs can detect moods and emotions. But they can also help us improve and regulate them. Playing with your canine can result be an effective way to hack your feel-good hormones such as dopamine and endorphins. Moreover, dogs can help alleviate mental health issues like Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and anxiety. You can train some dogs to remind their owners to take their medication on time. Thus, getting a furry friend may be the deal for you when it comes to feeling great about yourself.

They Provide Warmth

Dogs have long been known as animals that provide warmth due to their thick fur coat. As your pet, they can be great snugglers, especially during the winter season. You can always count on them for a cozy hug, making you feel warm and snug. Therefore, if you’re looking for a pet that you can count on for warmth, hugs, and snuggles, then having a dog as your choice of pet is a great idea.

They Protect Fiercely

Finally, one of the reasons why dogs have the edge over all other pets is because of their protective instinct. This quality comes naturally to them. However, you can hone their protective nature with proper training. But if you need a friend and protector, your furry friend can do just the job. Not only this, some dog breeds love children and can protect them from danger or alert you.

The Bottom Line

If you’re a dog parent, then you know these qualities are just the tip of the iceberg. Having a dog as a pet reveals more about them as friends, companions, and protectors. Perhaps, this is why those with pet dogs are happier and cheerful as they have a furry friend by their side, through thick and thin.