dog-kissDog lovers understand dog kisses. Non-dog owners? Not so much. Today, dog lovers celebrate because we’re here to defend doggy affection with two compelling research findings.

But first, something sentimental…

If you’ve ever had a dog eagerly greet you at the back door after a long day, you know firsthand that dogs can improve your mental well-being. Other things we non-researchers have learned include, but are not limited to, the following:

Dogs are cute. Dogs are comforting. Dogs are compassionate. Dogs are great companions.

Dogs & Human Health: What We Know

And now, what you have all been waiting for… two reasons to indulge in more quality time with the pooch.

  1. According to The Health Site, kids raised with dogs have less incidences of asthma. To drive this notion home consider that “Exposure to a dog in the first year of life was linked to a 13% lower risk of asthma in later childhood among the 650,000 children the authors tracked,” reported BBC in November of 2015.
  2. The same article went on to say how other studies discovered that kids in homes with dogs are also less inclined to develop allergies.

It doesn’t stop there. The long debate over dog kisses inspired even more research, this time the focus falling on an older demographic. Last year, a research group was set to begin studying adults aged 50 years or older and the effect of dogs on participants’ physical strength, sleep, and –unsurprising to us — their happiness.

Dog Bacteria to the Rescue

The common thread among these proven findings and to-be-determined predictions? The bacteria that live within our canine companions.  

The beneficial microbes that comprise probiotics are believed to enhance human health, so researchers are eager to learn if harnessing the abundance of “good” bacteria in dogs is central to the health of their human counterparts. Although this research isn’t yet solidified, we plan to do some research of our own.

While scientists do their researching, we’ll be busy sneaking in some dog snuggles and extra kisses.