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7 Reasons Why Dogs Make the Best Pets

Dogs are the most loyal creatures on 4 legs. Here’s 7 reasons why owning a dog is a smart choice.

Written by Medibank
Lot's of love and attention between them.

The science backs it up too – dogs really are the best pets. Here's why.

1. They evolved to love us

There’s evidence to suggest that we didn’t domesticate wolves – they came to us first. The friendliest ones hung around our ancestors’ campsites and so began the evolution of the modern dog.

2. They’re super smart

It’s no coincidence that dogs are so easy to teach. Dogs’ super social nature has allowed them to develop bigger brains, and those smarts are what make them so trainable.

3. They make you healthier

Dog owners are 34% more likely to get enough exercise than non-pet owners are. Walks aren’t just good for your pet, they’re great for you too – dog owners have also been found to have lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

4. They make you happier

Interacting with a pet dog actively lowers your stress levels, leading to more relaxation, better moods, and less anxiety. One study even found that dogs are more effective at lowering people’s stress levels than their significant others.

5. They can even make your richer

A UK study found that pet owners earn upwards of $6,000 more per year than non pet owners.That seems like a pretty worthwhile investment.

6. They really do understand you

It’s recently been discovered that dogs can tell the difference between happy and angry human facial expressions. What does that mean? Well, when your pet looks like she knows she’s done something wrong, it’s probably because she does.

7. Look at that little face!

A young golden retriever puppy is excited and does not hide it.

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Important things you should know

Terms, conditions and waiting periods apply. Medibank Pet Insurance is general insurance issued by the insurer The Hollard Insurance Company Pty Ltd (ACN 090 584 473; AFSL 241436) (Hollard), is promoted by Medibank Private Limited (ACN 080 890 259; AR 286089) (Medibank) and administered by PetSure (Australia) Pty Ltd (ACN 075 949 923; AFSL 420183) (PetSure). Medibank acts as an authorised representative of PetSure. Medibank will receive a commission which is a percentage of the premium paid to Hollard and PetSure may receive a portion of the underwriting profit, if any - ask PetSure for more details.

Any advice provided is general only, has been prepared without taking into account your objectives, financial situation or needs and may not be right for you. Consequently, before acting on this information, you should consider the appropriateness of this information having regard to your objectives, financial situation and needs. You should obtain and consider the Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) in deciding whether to acquire, or continue to hold, Medibank Pet Insurance. PetSure can be contacted by telephone: 132 331 or by mail: Locked Bag 9021, Castle Hill, NSW 1765.

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