Why We’re Thankful for Our Dogs

dog-in-self-serve-dog-washAs we start into the new year, at Evolution Dog Wash, we always like to take a step back and think about all we have to be thankful for in our lives.

When we’re counting our blessings, one of the things we’re most thankful for are our furry friends. Our dogs are like family members to us, and we know you feel the same way.

In this month’s blog, we thought it would be beneficial to look at the history of dogs and how they first became domesticated, and also to look at the science behind why dogs are so loyal and lovable.

 

Brief History About Dogs

 

Dogs are actually the first recorded domesticated animals, and more than ten thousand years ago, humans began to look at these animals as companions as they evolved from wolves to become much more docile and less fearful animals.

The exact time that wolves began to be domesticated is a bit of a mystery. Some scientists claim it was around 10,000 years ago, while others claim it was as long as 30,000 years ago. Whenever dogs began to be domesticated, there’s no doubt that generation after generation of our forefathers enjoyed their dogs in the same ways that we do today.

 

Why we Love our Dogs?

 

There are countless reasons why we can’t get enough of our dogs. A few of the reasons include:

 

Oxytocin

Yep, that’s right – oxytocin. When humans and dogs look in each other’s eyes, both get a boost of the hormone oxytocin, which is the same hormone that creates a strong bond between new parents and their babies.

 

A Loyal Exercise Partner

As we look to make our new year’s resolutions, many of us will attempt to become more fit in the new year. While some of your friends may quickly fall off the bandwagon when it comes to making their way to the gym, or hiking trails, your dog will always be there for you to push you along as you look to get in better shape this year.

 

Nothing like a Dog’s Love

There is nothing quite like coming home to a dog who is eagerly standing by the door awaiting your entrance. When you walk in the door your dog likely will greet you with licks and hugs, and is just the perfect remedy after a long and stressful day.

 

Dogs can be Your Snuggle Partner

If you’re feeling down after a bad breakup, or just simply tired from a long work week, your dog will always be there to cheer you up and let you know that you matter to them.

 

Constantly Changing

In the same way that we as humans are constantly changing as we grow older, dogs change in much the same ways. Puppies are clumsy, lovable and all over the place, while as dogs age they become much more calm and docile. Each stage is enjoyable and it’s why dogs have become such steadfast companions.

 

Give Your Dog an Extra Hug To Show Your Thanks

As we think of all we have to be thankful for in our great country, it’s important to also recognize our furry friends. Our dogs are always there for us and never lose hope in us as caretakers and are always available when we need them. What more could you ask for in a companion or a friend?

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