If you’re a normal college kid, chances are you’ve considered getting a dog. Maybe that means lusting over the golden retriever puppy your neighbor just brought home or maybe it’s gone so far as pouring over adoption websites to find the perfect new sidekick. A lot of people will list reasons to not get a pet while in college, but there are certainly positives as well. Here are 10 reasons you should get a dog in college:
1. You won’t ever be alone
A lot of people feel lonely in their 20’s, even if they have an active social life and a significant other. A dog helps to combat this. A dog can be your best friend and your companion through life’s changes. And when you come through the door at the end of the day, they’ll always be excited to see you.
2. You’ll exercise more
Part of taking care of a dog is making sure it gets enough exercise, which will encourage you to get outside and start moving. Dogs are always down to join you for a jog, and they can help to make you feel safer, too.
3. Your social life will improve
Walking with a puppy or a dog around campus is like walking with a magnet. It just draws people in. Dogs are prime friendship creators.
4. You’ll get to dress him/her up in a Halloween costume
When you are so into Halloween that crafting one costume isn’t enough, have no fear–you can dress up the dog as well!
5. Puppy naps
The best kind of naps are puppy naps. Getting a dog means having a cuddle partner around all the time–how great is that?
6. A dog will teach you to save and budget your money
Dog food, treats, medical appointments…pets cost money. Having a dog will teach you what it’s like to have someone depend on you.
7. They are excellent listeners.
Dogs are always there to listen to you after a bad day, a rough breakup, or any sort of conflict. They also make the best sidekicks.
8. They won’t judge you
Your dog won’t raise their eyebrows at your new Taylor Swift choreography or laugh if you accidentally set your popcorn on fire.
9. You’ll manage your time better
Having to care for a dog will force you to evaluate your schedule and make the best use of your time, because you’ll have to factor in their needs into your day too.
10. They’ll make you more responsible
Owning a dog will make you choose healthier options and learn to care for a living thing, which means sometimes giving up a rowdy night at the bar in order to take care of your puppy.
11. It shapes character
If you have a dog that you’ve got to take care of, it will likely make you less selfish, more patient, and more caring towards others.
12. You’ll have a ready excuse to be anti-social
Staying at home to drink wine and watch Netflix under the covers with your dog jus isn’t the same as doing it alone!