Forever Loyal: The Lifelong Benefits of Having a Dog

black and white dog

Dogs’ loyalty is legendary. It seems their sole mission in life is to make ours better. This loyalty has many benefits in all parts of our lives, and some we might not even recognize. So call Fido into the room so you can read this together.


dog on walk

Love Is Good for Your Heart

Dogs offer ample opportunities to increase our physical activities, whether they’re getting us off the couch to play tug-of-war, take a bathroom-break walk around the block or run by our side. Studies show that some of the benefits of pet ownership include decreased blood pressure and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels.1


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Smile, You’ve Got Dog

A dog’s loyalty is stronger than a month of bad Mondays. They’re like a furry mental mood boost whose goal is to make stress, anxiety and sadness disappear faster than a piece of bacon put in front of them. Take two tummy rubs and call us in the morning.


dog with family at picnic

Meet My Human

Your best friend helps you make new friends. Dogs are great at increasing our social interactions: going for walks around the neighborhood, meeting new people at the dog park. And who hasn’t had a conversation with someone who’s asked to pet your doggo because “they’re soooo cute”? Well, they are.


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Bring Your Dog to Work Day: AKA “Every Day”

Dogs are great for playtime, but they can also improve our work. Studies have found that bringing your dog to work can lower stress while boosting productivity and job satisfaction.2 Plus, dog coworkers never reheat fish in the microwave.

This is just the tip of the snout when it comes to all the ways dogs’ loyalty improves our lives. All are also reasons why the PEDIGREE® brand works so hard to promote adoption — so more pooches and people can share this love.

We’ll leave you with these lines from poet Lord Byron’s epitaph to his loyal pup Boatswain:

But the poor Dog,
in life the firmest friend,
The first to welcome,
foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still his Master’s own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone.

Sniff. Sorry, got something in our eye.



  1. About Pets & People. (2019, April 15). Retrieved June 14, 2020, from
  2. McDermott, J. (2012, July 06). Study: Office Dogs Reduce Stress. Retrieved June 14, 2020, from
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