They say that a dog is a man’s best mate. And while there may not be much scientific evidence to back up this claim, it’s hard to argue with the fact that dogs have helped their owners through some rough times at least in theory. There’s something about these furry creatures that makes people want to take care of them and give them love when no one else will.
Even if you don’t own a pet, you’ve probably seen someone walking down the street holding on to a leash and admiring their favorite mutt or stray as though it were a small child. The question is why do we feel so attached to these animals? What qualities make them such an important part of many people’s lives?
There are several reasons why owning a dog seems like such a great idea. One reason is that dogs are very social animals. They’re not just packed animals; dogs tend to form strong bonds with each other. These friendships often last beyond death, even when the owner isn’t present. Another reason dogs are popular pets is that they’re relatively inexpensive compared to most other pets.
Dogs also require less maintenance than cats, birds, and rabbits, which means they’re easier to keep clean and more economical to feed. Pets provide companionship, too. Many people find comfort in the company of another living being. Finally, dogs are extremely loyal. In return, humans offer food and shelter.
But perhaps the most compelling argument for keeping a canine friend is psychological. Studies show that having a pet reduces stress levels. This effect has been attributed to two factors.
First, pets relieve boredom by providing activity. Second, since pets are usually dependent upon their human counterparts for survival, they become familiar with the …