Imagine this: You and your buddies have just finished packing your car with the food and equipment for your next adventure. You close the trunk and are psyched to leave when you notice your forlorn dog gazing at you from your front-door window. Those puppy eyes can leave even the most avid outdoorsman feeling a little guilty about leaving his best friend behind.
Man’s best friend can teach people a lot about fun, and the furry pets are not picky. They can dig holes and roll around in all kinds of things anywhere, as long as the rules allow it. Geography and terrain are not an issue; they are going to be happy whether you take them to run a race, an obstacle course or on the beach.
You also owe it to your dog to take him out for some fresh air. He takes very good care of you, even if you don’t realize it.
One study that examined 421 adults who previously suffered heart attacks found that after one year, subjects who owned dogs were more likely to live longer than those who did not. Another analyzed 240 married couples and found that those who owned pets exhibited lower heart rates and blood pressure levels. Research has shown that dog owners are 54 percent more likely to reach the weekly recommended amount of exercise.