Why Are Dogs Called ‘Man’s Best Friend’? As companions, the health benefits of living with a dog have been well-documented in many scientific studies. As reported in a recent Time Magazine article, the health benefits of living with a dog include:
1. links to a longer life span
2. lower risk of cardiovascular disease
3. reduce the adverse health effect of living alone
4. can decrease allergies and asthma in children
5. increase opportunities for health-beneficial socialization
The study’s author emphasized that these health benefits are only applicable if the dog is well-exercised and cared for. Even if dogs didn’t provide direct health benefits, the unconditional love and companionship they offer is invaluable. They’re at our sides when we’re sick, sad, and lonely. They love us even when we are grumpy, rude, or downright bummers. Dogs are the ones who seem to understand us on a level even we cannot fathom.
The truth is: we call dogs our best friends because, in most of the ways that matter, they are. As dogs and humans have developed a deep relationship over thousands of years, dogs have become part of our families. We take pride in our dogs, and sometimes show them off to others as we would our children. We play with them, hold them close, and rely on them for services they have evolved to provide and enjoy doing.