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Growing old with your dog could result in a much healthier life

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It’s no surprise that Canadians love their dogs, in fact over 1 in 3 Canadian households are home to a dog. And while we love sharing our lives with these critters, what people may not realize is the long term benefits of canine companionship throughout their lifetime.

Living with pets can positively impact our lives in so many ways and at virtually every age, from those in retirement fighting loneliness, down to our country’s children who are still learning to love, care for, and respect another being. Dogtopia, North America’s premier doggie daycare and boarding provider, sheds light on the benefits of having a dog in your life that go far beyond the obvious.

Youth and infants – Bringing a dog into a home with small children can work wonders on the lives of your little ones. Owning a dog can contribute to a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence and help in developing non-verbal communication, compassion, and empathy.

Young adults – Whether you’re just starting out on your own or are looking to brighten up your life with a new companion, a dog can be the perfect addition to a young adult’s life.One of the biggest impacts dogs can have on a young adult’s life is increased physical activity, once you commit to owning a dog expect 2-3 daily walks at minimum to keep your pup in good happiness and health.

Middle-aged adults – Owning a dog in this stage of your life can have a profound impact. Studies have shown those dealing with stress learn to be more resilient to it when owning a dog.

Seniors – Pets can also have an astounding effect on symptoms of depression and feelings of loneliness with the elderly while encouraging them to get out of the house and stay active.