It’s often said that pets are humans’ best friends. They provide companionship and, for lack of better phrasing, make life more interesting. But if you’ve never had a pet or haven’t had one for a long time, you may not realize the kind of impact they can have on your well-being.

Let’s take a closer look at the reasons for welcoming a new four-legged friend into your home.

Benefits of owning a pet

They help you stay in shape

Perhaps you’re interested in getting a dog in the near future. Whether you choose a large or small breed, Fido will require regular exercise. Multiple walks a day will force you off the couch and help you to increase your steps.

Owning a dog will be especially beneficial if you don’t have a gym membership or fitness equipment at home. Think about it — two 20-minute walks daily add up to nearly five extra hours of exercise a week. That sustained activity does a world of good for your heart.

They provide friendship

It’s difficult to fathom we’ve been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic for nine months and counting. During that time, living rooms have transformed from gathering areas to remote learning spaces. If you’ve been stuck working remotely of late, chances are that you’ve turned a spare bedroom into an office.

But what about if you live alone? The reality is that countless individuals are struggling with their mental health these days. And while Zoom and FaceTime meetings with loved ones can help us stay connected, we still crave physical interactions.

This is where pets can fill a much-needed void. Both dogs and cats love being close to their owners. Trust us, after a long day, nothing beats playing with your pooch or snuggling with your kitty.

They encourage you to be social

According to a survey conducted by the American Pet Products Association (APPA), 67% of U.S. households own a pet. That comes out to 85 million families! Within those homes, nearly 64% have a dog.  

Why are these figures worth mentioning? Well, they reinforce the fact that the pet community continues to grow at an exponential rate. Something as simple as walking your dog around the neighborhood gives you an opportunity to meet people and make friends.

Dogs, in particular, provide a social outlet themselves. Once you feel comfortable with your pup’s training and behavior in public, consider taking them to local dog parks. There are also plenty of restaurants and breweries that allow dogs on their patio — paving the way for you to bond with fellow dog lovers.

They do wonders for kids

Maybe you’re debating whether your child can handle an animal in the house. It’s a reasonable concern given the amount of time and energy that goes into maintaining your residence. The last thing you want is for a puppy or kitten to ruin the carpet or furniture. 

Having a pet can teach your little one a lot about responsibility. They’ll learn to clean out their pet’s kennel, maintain the litter box, and be in charge of the food and water bowls. Not to mention, pets offer support for children with autism and similar learning disorders.

They keep you safe

Nothing is more important than your family’s safety. Believe it or not, a security system will not always deter burglars. On the other hand, these troublemakers tend to steer clear of homes with a barking dog. 

Pets for depression and anxiety

We touched on mental health earlier in the article but it’s worth discussing a bit more. In addition to companionship, pets offer love and comfort. Another plus is that they add structure and routine to our lives, while also giving us something to look forward to every day.

Lastly, HelpGuide.org explains that the action of petting an animal is an easy way to alleviate stress and anxiety. Talk to your doctor to see how having a pet could enhance your quality of life. This decision requires a great deal of thought, and can absolutely turn into a bad decision without planning and consideration.

Need a bigger home for your pet?

Are you concerned that your home isn’t big enough for a pet? Or that maybe Fido would really love a yard of his own? If you answered yes to either of these questions, it’s time to contact American Home Agents.

At American Home Agents, we know Colorado inside and out. That knowledge coupled with our years of experience allow us to deliver time and again for our clients. Don’t make the mistake of choosing just any realtor.

Call (303) 695-5900 or browse current homes for sale in Colorado.