Did you know that your Shih Tzu is one of the best doctors that you could ever have? Yes, you read that right. Your furry companion is also one of the best doctors that you have had, not just because of their stress-relieving cuteness, but because they can also improve your mental and physical health. In fact, according to recent research, many organizations are promoting dog visits to various hospitals because dogs have the ability to improve the patient's mental health while undergoing therapy. Furthermore, owning a Shih Tzu is also proven to decrease blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels, ease stress and loneliness and help people take on better health habits, according to CDCP (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). Read on to find out all of the health benefits of owning a Shih Tzu.
1. Burn calories and stay healthy
You can improve your physical health just by exercising with your dog. Go for a walk, run, or jog and not only are you helping your pup stay healthy, but you're reaping the health benefits too. This physical exercise, which is much more fun with your furry buddy taging along, burns calories, improves muscle tone, and builds up your endurance. In fact, according to some studies, dog owners who take their dogs on a daily walk are proven to get moderate and vigorous exercise according to federal standards.