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For any fashionista, the idea of owning a dog is a two-pronged one. On the one hand, a dog lover is always going to dream of the day they can finally adopt their own puppy, but on the other hand, you will have little teeth, claws, and an abundance of hair to deal with. It can seem like you have to give up your carefully curated wardrobe the second you get a puppy, but that is far from the case. At the end of the day, it’s all about setting boundaries and ensuring that they are as healthy as can be. Not only will you see a considerable boost in your own health, but your new pup will also be better trained and better behaved.

It’s the best of both worlds. So long as you:

1. Attend and graduate from puppy training class

2. Set clear rules and stick with them (like no dogs allowed in the bedroom, no jumping on people, etc.)

3. Keep your dog well fed, well exercised, and intellectually stimulated

Then, you can enjoy all these amazing health benefits:

A Healthier Body

If you want a healthy, happy, obedient dog, then you are going to have to take care of all its needs. Ample enough exercise is one such area you really need to care for. Yes, some dogs will need less exercise than others, which is why choosing the right dog breed for your personality and lifestyle is key. For instance, if you live in a small apartment, then a small dog who doesn’t need a lot of exercise is going to be perfect for you. If you want a big, lovable dog that doesn’t require the same handling as, say, a Husky, then English White Labs are the perfect dog for first-time dog owners.

More Natural Energy

Exercise naturally leads to more natural energy, because moving and being out and about won’t be so exhausting, anymore. You’ll also get used to heading outside more often and will even be able to learn more about your neighborhood. It’s a win-win!

Increased Relationship with Nature

Dogs love to walk, but they live to run and play, which means heading away from the city and finding parks and hikes to take your dog on is going to make your pup’s week. By heading away from the urban areas and reconnecting with nature, your mental health will also improve, and you’ll get to treat your new family member to a great little vacation.

Reduced Social Anxiety

Those who suffer from social anxiety and have a hard time being out in crowds will feel a huge reduction when heading outside. This is especially true within children, so if you’re a stylish mom whose kids are a bit shy, a dog can be the perfect solution to break them out of their shell.

Improved Wellbeing 

Dog owners are notoriously happier than their dogless counterparts, because dogs are social, loving companions that can help get you through the hard times and stay by your side through thick and thin. They also help people feel more at ease with being home alone, and in turn, can greatly enhance your wellbeing. Taking care of them will always equate to taking better care of yourself, and in turn, enjoying a healthier mind and body.