Happy Father’s Day to All You Dog Dads!
10 ways dogs will always be man’s best friend.
While the origins of the domestic dog are unclear, one thing is certain: Dogs remain man’s best friend. In fact, the ASPCA estimates that the U.S. is home to 70-80 million pet dogs. If you’re one of the millions of dads who have a furry, four-legged “son,” consider including him in your Father’s Day celebrations! After all, he’s a loyal, trustworthy, “got-your-back” kind of buddy. And you know he’d at least give you a card if he could.
With respect to all the dog “moms” out there, for dad’s special day, we present ten reasons why dogs will always be man’s best friend.
1. Unconditional love.
Dogs give it. We receive it. No questions asked. No matter how long you’re away, or how much you just disciplined him, or how many times you’ve paid more attention to the neighbor’s dog … your dog loves you to the moon and back.
2. It’s a hormonal thing.
A recent study by researchers at Azabu University in Japan has found that, when humans and dogs look into each other’s eyes, a magical thing happens. Both dog and human experience a surge of a hormone called oxytocin, which is associated with feelings of trust and love. So when we say we can’t help loving our dogs, it’s true!
3. Your own personal welcome wagon.
Run to the post office for five minutes, and you’re greeted upon your return as if you’ve been gone for decades! That’s because dogs forget events in as little as two minutes after they happen, according to a recent study conducted in Sweden.* Which leads us to our next reason a dog is man’s best friend…
4. Dogs don’t hold grudges.
Unlike our human friends, a dog will never hold a grudge. He will never snub you due to some unknown slight that may have occurred. He won’t bring up that time you left him out in the rain. He’ll just continue to wag his tail and lick your face, loving you as much today as he did yesterday—no matter what.
5. They get you out and about.
Dogs need exercise, which means dog dads get exercise too! Your dog’s boundless energy for exploring and playtime can keep you active and socializing! And a good workout with your dog can get those endorphins flowing, making you feel a whole lot better about everything.
6. It’s a very healthy relationship.
By now, most people know that pets can have a very real affect on their pet parent’s health. According to the Centers for Disease Control, owning and interacting with pets can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol and improve self-esteem. And the American Heart Association claims that having a pet—particularly a dog—can help lower your risk of heart disease. Seems it’s only natural that dogs should hold such a special place in our hearts.
7. Dogs have a corner on loyalty.
It’s been said that a dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself. And it’s not just because he depends on you for food and shelter. Dogs are pack animals that instinctually show loyalty to those they believe are part of the pack. They’ve even been known to grieve the passing of their human family members.
8. Dogs provide cheap entertainment that’s always available.
No time for a movie? No money for concert tickets? No problem! Your pooch has your evening’s entertainment covered. He’s always up for a game of Frisbee or catch-the-tennis ball. Just wrestling around is one of his favorite things to do! As long as he’s spending time with you, your dog will happily provide hours of free entertainment.
9. They brighten the dullest of days.
Say you’ve had a long, boring day – or a terrible one. Your dog will cure those blues in seconds. With a few sloppy kisses and tail wags, your furry friend will have you smiling in spite of yourself.
10. Your guard and defender.
Not all dogs are trained to act as guard dogs. But if you have one, you know that he will have your back anytime, anywhere. They can sense threats humans can’t and are always at the ready, willing to jump in and protect their pet parents anytime they need it. According to the experts at Vetstreet.com, dogs spend their entire day watching humans. “They are highly sensitive to pheromones we’re not even aware of, as well as subtle facial expressions or body language.”
Those are ten fantastic reasons why a dog is—and will always be—man’s best friend.
If you’re a doggy daddy, share your best photo of you and your fur-baby by using the hashtag #biljacdad on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram so we can share them on our website!
* Research conducted by the Centre for the Study of Cultural Evolution at Stockholm University.