“Follow the science” has become a catchphrase over the past year or so, and regardless of your world view on political events, there are areas where much can be learned from the viewpoint of scholarly professionals. In fact, animal science has routinely espoused factoids and researched opinions about the various species widely recognized as the most proliferate in America, with two out of every three households serving as homes to beloved pets. Statistically, that’s 85 million homes, so pet ownership is a pretty big deal!

Within that number, it’s interesting to note that nearly three quarters of these households are home to dogs. In fact, I can tell you that my household is one of these, being home to two high-spirited West Highland White Terriers. As a result of this (we’ve, in fact, been dog owners for more than 50 years) I can attest to the premise that there are indeed scientific benefits that result from dog ownership. (Although I often find myself questioning exactly who owns who? But that’s another story.)

Anyway, through our relationship with an organization that goes by the name of Fluent Woof! (www.fluentwoof.com), we have the opportunity to delve into these dog ownership benefits. Fluent Woof! is an organization dedicated to helping users better understand their dogs, and they have given us access to an insightful post titled “102 Scientific Benefits of Having a Dog” written by Dr. Libby Guise, a DVM graduate from the University of Minnesota and former USDA Veterinary Medical Officer. Check out Dr. Guise’s fascinating article here…

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