If you don’t have a dog, get one.
Dogs have always been an integral part of human existence. Apart from just being ancestrally consistent, though, there are a lot of reasons that modern families should follow suit. In fact, we can think of a veritable plethora of reasons you ought to have a dog in your life and in your home, especially if you have children. Let’s dive in.
- Having a dog is great for your immune system. Regular exposure to a dog’s unique bacteria and germ profile can boost your ability to fight off illness and infection allowing you to be a more resilient, effective, and dominant human being.
- A dog is a man’s best friend. Whilst we believe that bonding with humans is essential to well-being and accountability, and is one of the 9 foundational tools for DOMINANCE, a bond with a dog has enormous benefits. Studies have shown that the simple act of petting a dog boosts the release of oxytocin and serotonin, increasing feelings of well-being which inherently boosts your aforementioned immune system. There’s a reason people have “emotional support” animals. The companionship and emotional support provided by a dog absolutely reduces stress and improves mental health.
- Loyalty. Dogs are fiercely loyal. They will fight to the death to protect their owners. That type of loyalty is valuable for 2 reasons: 1) The protective nature of a loyal dog is practical when it comes to the safety and well-being of your family as they’re playing in the yard or to deter would-be bad behavior by less than savory people out there. 2) The admirable trait that is loyalty is one that your children can learn through the example that your dog will naturally set.
- Having a dog is a responsibility. Children who are raised in a house with a dog can be charged with caretaking duties as they grow, from feeding, to walking, to brushing. Kids who have that responsibility of caring for a living being start ahead of the game.
Get a dog. You’ll be better for it.