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Man’s best friend has had an incredibly important role in the evolution of our species. Not only have dogs helped us hunt, herd animals, and protect our homes, but they have also become steadfast companions during more than 14,000 years of our existence together. Read on to learn why dogs are important to humans.
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From Wolf to First Pet
Domestic dogs, Canis lupus Familiaris, are considered the earliest companions of humankind. It is unclear when the first dogs appeared, but dogs and humans have lived together for thousands of years. Dogs are thought to descend from the gray wolf, whose behavior and appearance were modified by exposure to humans over time. Dogs and humans were natural partners. Early dogs helped humans survive in colder climates by providing warmth and protection from wild animals. They guided us on the hunt, protected us against predators, and warmed us with their furry bodies when we huddled around the campfire at night.
The influence of humans on the evolution of dog behavior is easily observed; a more subtle, but no less important, aspect of the dog’s integration into human society is his role as guardian, companion, and working partner.
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Dogs Make Us Feel Good
There’s no denying that dogs make us feel good. They provide us with companionship, unconditional love, and endless amounts of happiness. But did you know that dogs can also have a positive impact on our physical and mental health? Studies have shown that dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression than those who don’t own dogs. And for those of us who do suffer from depression, dogs can provide much-needed emotional support.
Dogs can also help to reduce stress and anxiety. Spending time with a dog can help to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels (the stress hormone).
For many of us, our furry friends are like family members. They provide us with a sense of security and routine and help us to feel less alone. One study found that dog owners were more likely to report higher levels of happiness and satisfaction with their lives than those who didn’t own dogs.
Dogs evolved with humans and are now considered to be man’s best friend. They are loyal, loving, and protective creatures that have been bred to be our companions. Today, there are over 400 different breeds of dogs, each with their own unique set of characteristics. Whether you are looking for a furry friend to cuddle with or a loyal protector, there is sure to be a breed of dog that is perfect for you.
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Dogs and Humans The Perfect Pair
Yes, dogs have been by our side as loyal and true companions for centuries. We have evolved together. Dogs continue to offer us companionship, protection, and unconditional love. In return, we offer them a warm home, food, toys and plenty of belly rubs. It’s a fair trade, and one that has resulted in a deep bond between dogs and humans.
Dogs and humans are inseparable. We complement each other in so many ways. Dogs make our lives richer and fuller, and we in turn do our best to make their lives as comfortable and joyful as possible. It’s a beautiful relationship, one that is built on trust, loyalty, and love.