The Surprising Health Benefits of Dog Ownership

Dog and Owner Connection Benefits

As a dog owner, I can personally vouch for the positive impact dogs have on their humans. After some heavy persuasion from my husband, our family adopted a sweet mutt about a year ago (I needed some convincing, because I was hesitant at the idea of having to clean up after a new puppy!). And now, just as my hubby promised me, I can’t imagine our family without her! I do need to add that the puppy supply offered did contribute to the clean house and relaxed pooch.

Being a health enthusiast, I probably would have considered bringing a pooch home sooner if I realized the many unique ways dogs can benefit people’s lives. In fact, besides being a reliable way of putting smiles on our faces, there are many health perks that come with including a dog in your family. Here are a few surprising health benefits of dog ownership you may not have known about:

Dogs promote a more active lifestyle. It’s in a dog’s nature to exercise, and pet parents can get in on the action not only to bond with their pet, but to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This article suggests finding activities the two of you can do together for mutual benefits – such as taking walks or enjoying a game of chase – rather than those that don’t require your involvement. For example, throwing your dog’s favorite toy for a game of fetch will help him burn off energy, but won’t do much to help you. Why not include yourself by seeing who can get to that toy first after you toss it?

Their sensitive noses are being used to detect cancer in patients. Research from over the last decade suggests that dogs may be able to detect the subtle differences in scent between healthy human tissue and that which has abnormalities such as cancer. As this article from the New York Times points out, this is just one more service to add to the list of health detection skills dogs provide to people—a list which already includes detecting low blood sugar and oncoming seizures.

And they also provide one-of-a-kind therapy to cancer sufferers. Dogs are truly amazing creatures, and can provide emotional support to those coping with cancer diagnosis and treatment, as well as physical assistance to those adjusting to life post-treatment. This guide highlights the research that has been done to study the benefits that these special service and therapy dogs offer to patients, and provides information on getting a dog of your own or training your furry friend to help those in need.

They may ward off the development of allergies – really! It may seem illogical, but researchers have found that children who grow up in homes with pets have a reduced risk for developing allergies later on in life. Recent studies suggest that being exposed to allergens early on may help the body build up its defenses against them. Thanks, Rover!

Anyone who has a dog knows just how special these animals are, and what valuable members of our families they become. Knowing that their presence in our lives also comes with an array of health benefits is just one more reason we call them man’s best friend!


Vee Cecil is a wellness coach, personal trainer, and bootcamp instructor. Vee is passionate about studying and sharing her findings in wellness through her recently-launched blog.

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New Outdoor Dog Bed Selection for Overnight Travel or Hike

Now that the summer is winding, it can be the best time to plan a longer travel and hiking and spend outdoor night with your dog and family or friends. The temperatures are more reasonable during the day and at night they are comfortable for sleeping outside. Using one of our new outdoor dog bed will have the trip successful for you and your pooch.

The list of products for making the trip easy on you and your pet is long. From portable dog bowls for food and drink to  travel organizer bag. Treats and dog toys. But if you stay the night outdoor we have new dog beds designed especially for that.


These selection of dog trail beds, in addition to be made of a PU coated Polyester-cotton and Nylon fabric.

Special technology used called   “BlackShark”  which makes this dog bed Impermeable, Waterproof, Windproof while Retaining Heat and keeping you Cool

In addition, they have a perimeter zippers and amazingly connect to additional pet beds of this style,  for an even larger bed area. Take it with you on your next trip rolled up and ready to use.

One size 39.4″L * 25.7″W * 4″H                

Price: $126  (free shipping for limited time with coupon on site)

Outdoor Supper Dog Beds


Other type of dog’s folding travel beds are the Polar Fleece Outer shell covering with special Cordura Nyco exterior (used by the US Army)

The bed is waterproof, lightweight, breathable, durable, abrasive-proof and easy to clean.

Completely rolls up and buckles shut and can attach to any outdoor travel backpack.

These beds available in 3 sizes

MEDIUM: 31.5″L X   23.6″W  X  4″H
LARGE: 35.6″L X  25.6″W  X   4″H
EXTRA LARGE: 39.4″L X  29.6″W  X  4″H

Nice modern four colors with Black back. See more info below.

Price starts $109 (free shipping for limited time with coupon on site)

All above outdoor dog beds are easy to carry, clean and use. A must for any trail and hike with overnight sleeping. Keeps pet warm, dry, and definitely gives him a pleasant place for a good sleep

For all our outdoor dog beds visit 4-legged pet boutique Outdoor Beds

For all our designer pet beds visit Designer Dog Beds

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Avoiding Ticks and Lyme Disease

Summer Dog Tick

Usually, when we are talking ticks, we have dogs on our mind. The truth is, ticks love the human blood as much as they like the dog’s and cat’s blood. Avoiding ticks & Lyme disease is for pets and parents (and any human), not only pet owner, who spends time in the outdoors.

The best chance to get the bloodsuckers is in a grassy area like your backyard, wooden areas,  etc. Unlike the believe, ticks are dangers all year round, especially in  the warmer areas.  The deer ticks are those who transfer Lyme disease, and in 2013 about 300,000 new cases of human disease were reported.

The best way to treat the disease, is trying to avoid it. For pet and parents, keep grass cut in the backyard, discard standing water (also good against mosquitoes),  if you are on a trail, walk in the center of the road..

Every day after the last walk outside,  it’s recommended to conduct a full body check of your pet (s), looking close to the skin as possible. If you find a tick, you need to remove it immediately.  Ticks carry lime and other diseases, depends on the tick type.

Brushing the pet fur / hair may be also useful.

Keep your dog groomed with short fur/ hair.

Use tick control for your pet. There are many products on the market of dog tick and flea control like collars, spray, one a month topical, powders. In addition, you can, or should, bathing him with tick and flea shampoo to kill whatever is crawling on him.  Do not use any of them on your cat since cats are highly sensitive to chemicals. If needed, ask your vet what to use.

Remember that sometimes it is hard to see the tick bite, The bites are painful to the dog,  and that it takes about 7 days for illness to affect the dog.

To remove ticks, never use your fingers. Use gloves and a fine-tipped tweezers. Grab the tick by the head (not the body) and just pull firmly directly outward, without twisting.  Then put it in a jar with alcohol and let her die…. Don’t wash it in the toilet, it won’t kill it.

If tick found on your pet, you should also check yourself.  Fined one, wash your clothes and dry on very high temperature.

In case of illness, it is usually treated with antibiotics.

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