a dogs best friend

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Dogs are a pretty big responsibility, but any dog lover will tell you, having a dog is one of the greatest joys. You and your pooch both benefit from a relationship that has developed over thousands of years. 

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Here are some the top reasons why having a dog in your life makes it all the more enriched.

You’ll Get More Exercise

Before I adopted Sam, I scheduled my exercise around my work schedule. When the alarm went off in the morning at 4:15 I knew I had two options. I could drag my lazy bum out of bed, and head to the gym or I could hit the snooze button and relish the extra time of sleep. Sadly for me, the snooze button won more than I’d like to admit. However, that all changed with Sam. Now I’m responsible for more than just myself and when his cold, wet nose wiggles under my arm in the morning I know it’s time to hit the pavement.

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We take a quick morning walk, about twenty minutes before I get ready for work, and then I return for lunch for a twenty-minute romp in the yard. After work and on the weekends, we spend at least an hour playing ball or talking long walks down to the park. Before Sam, I could come up with 101 excuses to not workout, but Sam doesn’t allow that now. He is unlike any fitness coach or work partner I’ve ever had.

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You’ll Live More in the Moment

Living life to its fullest and in the moment is a great concept but difficult to practice. We worry and wonder, and stress and fret about everything from the small nothing to the big somethings. Dogs, on the other hand, seem to live only for the moment and make it look easy. They are positive, happy creatures who are just looking to love you. You may not be able to spend all your time with your dog, but you can learn to appreciate and live in the moment while spending time with your dog. Over time, I learned to relax and feel less stress even when I was parted from my pooch.

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You’ll Laugh More

It’s true; laughter is the best medicine. My dog is a big goofball, and I couldn’t imagine life without him. He does some pretty funny things including dancing when he hears the theme song to M.A.S.H. What can I say? My dog knows a good television show when he hears?
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Sam has also learned about the zoomies from my two cats, and I love to watch a dog Sam’s size being chased frantically around the house by two cats.

Dogs and people share an extraordinary bond and including them in your life will enrich it. You’ll have increased patience, feel calmer and less stressed, and be happier with a dog.