Dogs have long been known as man’s best friend, but how did they transition from wild predator to domesticated and docile, human-loving furbabies?
The term ‘man’s best friend’ was first used back in 1789 when King Frederick of Prussia was claimed to say, “the only, absolute and best friend that a man has in this selfish world, the only one that will not betray or deny him, is his dog”. Even today you would be hard pushed to find someone who would disagree with this sentiment. One of the main reasons for this is because dogs have unrivalled loyalty to their owners.
The special relationship between dogs and humans
The loyalty that our furry best friends show us is largely down to how we treat them. As loving and responsible owners, we provide everything that our dogs could possibly need for a long and comfortable life – shelter, warmth, food, medical care and safety. Many of these things would be hard to come by if they were left to roam in the wild. We also shower them with love and attention multiple times a day. We may let them go with us wherever we go, and even sleep on our bed with us! It’s no wonder that they love their human owners unconditionally.
Over the years, dogs have evolved as companions and as part of their role, they would show unwavering loyalty, doing absolutely anything for us, helping us and even protecting us if the situation calls for it.
Hachiko of Japan is one such example of the unwavering loyalty of dogs to their owners. For ten years he waited at the station for his owners return, eventually passing away after refusing to move. His owner had unfortuantely passed himself whilst at work, but Hachiko is immortalised in various bronze statues. One even sits at the same spot he showed such incredible loyalty and refused to move from!
Reasons why your dog is your best friend
Here are some of the main reasons why your dog is your very best friend.
Dogs see us as their family
Did you now that dogs are the only non-human primates to run towards humans for protection and comfort, rather than away from them? Our furry friends love nothing more than being with us. Studies have shown that the reward part of dog’s brains is most triggered when they encounter human scents – even more so than food! Your dog loves you more than anything and will do everything that they can to make you happy.
Dogs can make you healthier
Having a dog is very good for your health. Their need for walking and other exercise mean that you need to engage in daily physical activity to make sure that your furbaby burns off their energy, maintains a healthy weight and strong muscles. As a result, you can reap the same benefits too. Many people who decide to become dog owners notice that their weight becomes easier to control and their cardiovascular fitness quickly improves.
Dogs are good for your mental health
Loneliness is a common problem for many people, especially those individuals who are older, retired and/or cut off from family and friends. Your dog is your constant companion, and is someone for you to talk to, take with you when you go out and just generally spend time with. Studies have also found that caring for a pet can help to reduce anxiety, build self-confidence, reduce stress and lessen the risk of depression. They can also add some much-needed structure to your day.
Dogs can help you to live longer
Having a waggy-tailed companion can even help you to live longer – yes, really! Some research has found that dog owners have their risk of all-cause mortality (death by any reason) reduced by as much as 24%!
Dogs are extremely clever
Your dog is extremely clever. They might even be smarter than you! Our canine companions are highly intelligent, perceptive, empathetic and has many unique skills and abilities – including being able to sniff out virtually any object with the right training and practice!
Dogs are always pleased to see us!
It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been out of the house – whether you’ve popped to the shop or been out at work all day – your doggo will always be happy that you have returned home. Who else can you say is genuinely happy to see you each and every time you come in the door?!
It doesn’t matter whether you live alone or are surrounded by family or friends, you can always rely on a dog to be your loyal, constant companion! If you're looking to reward your pooch for being a good friend why not check out our range of treats, shampoos, and other treatments, to ensure your best friend is feeling (and smelling) amazing.