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10 Reasons Dogs Are Better Than Cats

The age-old debate of dogs vs. cats has existed for centuries, and it will probably continue to exist for many more centuries to come! Dogs and cats are both amazing pets with their own unique traits and personalities, but we think that these 10 reasons dogs are better than cats make the case pretty well. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to get a dog or cat as your next pet, hopefully this will help you make up your mind!

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1) Dogs are loyal

Dogs form bonds with their human companions that can be heartbreakingly strong. Even if they run away, they’ll eventually come back—the loyalty of dogs is unconditional. And unlike some cat owners, dog owners are truly in it for life; you’re always welcome in a dog owner’s home, no matter how many times you show up drunk at two in the morning and drag them to Waffle House on a Saturday night. In return, you become family to your four-legged best friend.

2) Dogs are playful

Since dogs are always up for a game of fetch or tug-of-war, their energy levels tend to be higher than that of a cat. This makes them easier to live with, since they’re active instead of (always) sleeping. Plus, you never have to worry about waking up on a morning and finding that your dog has turned into Garfield overnight (no offense, Garfield fans).

3) Dogs are sociable

Some people say that cats have social skills, but they’re a little more aloof than dogs. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible to leave a dog alone in your house; they love attention from their owners and want to be petted and fed on demand. If you want a pet who gets along well with everyone else, get a dog! You may not even have to train them at all – many of them are naturally friendly and affectionate.

4) Dogs listen to you

It’s impossible to reason with a cat. Just ask anyone who has tried. If a dog wants to go out, it will sit by your door and wait for you to take him out. A cat will stare at you and judge you until you finally give in and let it outside.

5) Dogs show affection

While dogs may be more affectionate towards their owners, cats only come around when they want to be fed. Sure, a dog might slobber on you and get hair everywhere, but at least they love you enough to want to spend time with you.

6) Dogs don’t eat your stuff

Most dogs understand what they are and aren’t allowed to eat. A dog won’t chew your favorite earrings or scarf, whereas a cat probably will. An obedient dog is less likely to destroy expensive items because he knows those things are off-limits. If you live alone, you don’t have to worry about a cat sneaking into your room and shredding an important document. Your dog will never shred anything! Not even toilet paper, because that would be gross.

7) Dogs are easy to train

A dog is a man’s best friend for a reason, it seems. Dogs are easy to train compared to cats and tend to listen better. Cat owners can attest that cat’s do not always listen no matter how many treats you bribe them with. In addition, with dogs you typically only have one pet while a lot of people have multiple cats as pets! It also seems that dogs live longer than cats on average so who knows maybe your dog could even outlive you!

8) Dogs can be your best friend

Unlike cats, dogs want to be your best friend. They love affection and are extremely loyal to their owners. Every day with a dog is an adventure, and they love to meet new people! In fact, studies have shown that owning a dog has many mental health benefits. Owning a cat might seem like a better option for single people; however, if you’re looking for an easy way to make friends fast at parties or gatherings of new people, a dog is always happy to meet strangers!

9) Dogs are good guard dogs

Due to their protective nature, dogs are good guard dogs. They will let you know when someone’s at your door, or try to break in. They can also be trained to attack if someone gets too close.

10) Dogs can help with therapy

According to a study conducted at The University of Virginia in 2011, children who were taking part in therapy with dogs reported fewer symptoms of depression than those in a control group. The results indicate that animal-assisted intervention may be an effective non-pharmacological treatment for reducing depressive symptoms in pediatric patients, reads the study summary. So if you want your kids to smile more—or if you’re looking for another way to boost your mood—getting a dog could be a good idea.

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