We do. In fact, we have three dogs: 1 shih tzu and 2 natives.
There are very real health benefits from being a dog owner. Kids who grow up with dogs are less likely to have allergies than kids who are pet-free. This is quite the opposite of traditional thinking, but studies have shown that babies who are exposed early to dogs have higher immunity chemicals in their system. The increase in the immunity chemicals has been instrumental in keeping kids from getting other allergies or skin irritations like eczema. It is also possible that kids exposed to pets and farm animals are less likely to get asthma. This all sounds like great news for the dog world.
As if that was not enough, pets are a great stress reducer, which helps to lower blood pressure. A dog is quick to respond to their owners, and they provide unconditional love and affection. This attachment can reduce depression and struggles with self-worth. Stress can be lethal by creating immune system destroying chemicals in the bloodstream. Natural chemicals like cortisol can lead to heart disease by assisting in the buildup of plaque in the bloodstream.
A stockbroker or high-powered banker on Wall Street may live a lot longer if they would only adopt a puppy. Even living in a Manhattan apartment should not stop someone from getting a dog to help them with their stress. If they need to, they can always get a puppy training kit that has been created for apartment puppies. ModernPuppies.com has a potty training puppy kit. Those who live in high-stress jobs and environments should not overlook the benefits of being a puppy parent.