7 powerful reasons why dogs make our lives better

At Tote Tails we are completely sold on the idea that owning a dog has the remarkable ability to increase one's happiness and overall quality of life.

Many studies have shown that owning a dog can not only impact your mental health in a positive manner - but it is also correlated to increased physical health and a general increase in behaviors that promote a healthy lifestyle.

If you who want to find out more about why and how dogs produce this remarkable positive effect on the humans who live with them read on...

Dogs improve our lives by:

1. Encouraging us to get outside and exercise!

Dog and girl running

Don't forget that you’re also getting a walk when you take your dog out.  

Sometimes it may seem like such a nuisance (especially in these colder months), but walking your dog helps you stay more active than people who don’thave to walk the dog.

A2006 Canadian study found that dog owners were more likely to participate in moderate physical activity than those who didn’t own a dog.

They walked an average of 300 minutes per week, compared with non-dog owners, who walked an average of 168 minutes per week.

2. Dogs make us love each other more!

A recent study at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University found that people who have strong connections to their pets also have social and relationship benefits.

The researchers surveyed 500 18- to 26-year-olds and found that those who had “strong attachment to pets reported feeling more connected to their communities and relationships.”

They also found that the more attached a person was to an animal as a teenager and young adult, the more empathetic and confident he or she was.

3. Dogs can LITERALLY save our life!

search and rescue dog

A black lab named Marine could save your life.

The specially-trained eight-year-old dog can detect when a person has colorectal cancer 91 percent of the time just by sniffing the person’s breath.

And if she smells stool, she can detect whether the person has colorectal cancer with 97 percent accuracy!

That's a good type of skillset to have around, wouldn't you say.

And that's not all - some dogs can take it a step further and alert you when you are about to eat something that you're allergic to!

It’s estimated that a dog’s sense of smell is up to a million times better than a human’s.

Pups trained at the Florida Canine Academy can smell even the slightest hint of peanut in a room.

This comes especially handy for people who have intense peanut allergies.

These dogs are so good that they can detect peanuts in a cookie or in a candy bar that is wrapped in a lunch bag.

In Texas, a place called “Southern Star Ranch”provides trained dogs to people who are suffering with severe peanut allergies.

One grateful testimonial tells the story of a family with a son who was so severely allergic to peanuts that he had to be home-schooled and could only have highly-supervised playdates.

When he was nine, the family took in Remy, a peanut-detecting dog, who the family swears has a “college-educated mind.”

The dog detects peanuts before their son comes in contact with them, and now the family enjoys greater freedom.

4. Staring into your pups face is scientifically proven to be a mood elevator

person and dog looking into each others eyes

A 2009 study by Miho Nagasawa of Azabu University in Japan found that one’s level of oxytocin (the neurohormone that elicits feelings of happiness) raised intensely after interacting with their dogs.

And the only interaction they needed was to stare into their dog’s eyes.

Those who looked longer into their dog’s eyes had the bigger dose of oxytocin.

Fun fact: A dog’s willingness to meet eyes with humans is one of the things that separates them from wolves.

5. Dog's are de-stressing agents

boy playing with dog

Karen Walker, a psychology professor at the University of Buffalo,performed a series of tests that proved dogs help reduce people’s everyday stress.

She wired volunteers to blood-pressure monitors and had them count rapidly backwards by threes from a four-digit number (a task that seems simple, but is actually pretty challenging. Just try it.)

She found that the subject’s stress response was significantly lower if there was a dog in the room.

In his book, Homans also citesa Japanese study that found elderly people who regularly walk a dog have enhanced heart rate variability, which is associated with stress reduction.

6. Dog's bring out the "Sexy" (and the SIlly) in their owners

dog and person in peacock costume

According to a study conducted by Dog’s Trust, the United Kingdom’s largest dog welfare charity, when they surveyed 700 people, 60 percent said that owning a dog can make people more attractive, while 85 percent think people are more approachable when they are with a dog.

Even more, it could matter what kind of dog you own.

In a survey by mobile pet app Klooff, certain dog breeds are more likely to attract members of the opposite sex than others.

Men noted that they judged women with Chihuahuas as dumb, hot and easy; while women said they viewed men with bulldogs as one-night-stands.

However, women really like men who owned Labrador or golden retrievers. 

7. Dog's can be a humans best friend (but you already knew that)

boy and dog best friends sitting together

Loneliness is common among the elderly.

Studies have shown that in people 60 years of age and older, owning a dog (or a cat) were four times less likely to be diagnosed as clinically depressed.

“The Waltham Book of Human-Animal Interactions: Benefits and Responsibilities” cites a study on medical visits by elderly people.

The study proved that, compared with non-owners, pet owners made fewer medical visits over the course of a year.


What with dogs doing all of this for us it's no wonder that we love and adore them enough to get up at 3 AM from our comfy beds to let them out to pee!

Your four legged friend knows how much you love them - but the rest of the world should know too, and in our opinion, a Custom Illustrated Tote Bag from Tote Tails is seriously the best way to make sure that everybody knows just how much your pup means to you.

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This tote is truly AMAZING!

Order this tote today and don't forget to attach a photo of your sweet little doggy to our order form.

When your order comes in our talented artists will create a unique full color illustration of your pup based on the photo that you submit.

We will then print this gorgeous illustration right onto our high quality extra large tote bag so that you can carry your pup around with you wherever you go!

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"What if I don't currently own a dog?" you ask?

Well, I'm assuming if you've come this far down the article you are at the very least interested in dogs, or maybe you have a family member, friend, significant other or co-worker who has a dog and is always talking to you about them.

If that's the case then think about what a terrific and thoughtful gift idea this custom tote bag would make.  

Your friend and/or family member would surely love you forever if you ordered one of these custom totes as a surprise birthday, wedding, holiday or bachelorette party gift for them!

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