Dogs are a source of happiness and love and there are many ways you enrich their lives, but have you ever thought about the ways in which a dog makes you a better grown-up? Here are six ways having a puppy will help you mature.



It can be hard to convince yourself to walk to the park, play in the swings like a kid or go for a run. With a puppy you can be sure to find the time, especially if it means saving your shoes from an over-stimulated, bored pet. In fact, a study conducted by the University of Western Australia found that puppy parents are 60% more likely than others to achieve sufficient physical activity. Play with your dog every day and exercise them. The daily exercise is sure to make you fitter, happier and healthier.

True love

Dogs love their family unconditionally. They are always happy to see you and for them, it is true love. If you forget to take them to their favourite park or get angry or frustrated at something they did, your dog will always forgive you and love you no matter what. Having a dog around can remind you to be happy, loving and forgive others.


Dogs are infinitely kind. If you’re upset, they’ll move to comfort you, and you’re sure to smile as soon as they come over for a kiss and a cuddle. You’re their entire world, and there’s nothing they wouldn’t do for you. Being a puppy parent can show you how to be kind and gentle with others, particularly those you care about.


Dogs are friendly to anyone and everyone. They bound up to other dogs and other humans at the park begging for a pat or game of chase. Dogs can also be great icebreakers and can help pet parents overcome shyness and strike up a conversation with someone unknown at the local park.

Less stressed

Life can be difficult, but coming home to your four-legged friend at the end of the day can make life a lot less stressful. Did you know that pets significantly reduce the likelihood that you, and the kids, will experience stress and anxiety? Enjoy whatever it is you’re doing and don’t stress about what needs to be done in the future. Their wagging tail and kisses on your hand when you come home from work are sure to make you happier, not to mention all the uplifting endorphins released when you take your buddy for a run!


A dog’s loyalty knows no bounds. They love and trust their family and will always stick with their pack, a great quality to have in a friend, whether they’re bipedal or four-legged! It’s a great reminder to always be a dependable, kind and loyal grown-up throughout your life, just like your dog.