When it comes to counting our blessings, we at Pooch Hotel know we’ve got it good. Why? Because we get to hang out with some of the coolest dogs in the world! We love hosting your pet at daycare, overnight, at dog training, or for a pampering day in our spa.
And it’s not just us. Studies show that dogs reduce anxiety and depression in the humans they spend time with. But that’s just one of the reasons we’re grateful for our furry friends!
Believe it or not, the best way to fight pet allergies is with a pet! Dogs and other animals carry germs on them that we otherwise wouldn’t find in our homes. While that may sound like a bad thing, we actually need to be exposed to new germs to build a strong immune system, especially as children. In fact, according to WebMD, infants are 14% less likely to develop allergies to all furry pets if a dogs shares the home as well.
It’s a no-brainer. Your dog needs plenty of exercise, and so do you. While people who don’t own a dog can find excuses not to exercise, dog owners have little extra motivation to get out and go for a walk: their pets! A study conducted by Michigan State University found that around half of dog walkers got at least 30 minutes of exercise in, at least 5 days a week, compared to only a third of people who don’t own dogs.
It’s long been accepted that spending a lot of time with a dog can reduce anxiety, depression, and stress. But more recent studies show that bringing your dog to the office with you can reduce work-related stress as well. That’s good news for dog owners everywhere, but it’s especially good news for all of us at Pooch Hotel! Our partners can’t wait to get to work so they can bask in the relaxing effects of your pet, and that makes us thankful for all the pet owners who bring their dogs to stay with us!
Not only can a dog be your best friend, but he or she can introduce you to your best friend! Dogs are great conversation starters and make you seem more approachable while out on a walk. Plus, according to one study, your dog can tell others a lot about your personality. Yup. That also means you can learn a lot about a fellow dog owner by getting to know their pet. If your dogs get along, there’s a good chance you will, too!
There are so many benefits to having a dog, and with so many guests at Pooch Hotel, we have a lot to be thankful for. What other reasons are you thankful for your dog?
If you’re grateful for your pet, give credit where it’s due this Thanksgiving and give your dog an extra belly rub. We certainly will.