Why are Dogs Natural Companions?

For dog lovers, it seems quite logical that dogs are the natural companions to humans, but that's our opinion. We, of course, consider our dogs as part of the family, so perhaps we're a little bias on this topic. I decided to do a little research on this topic and was intrigued with what I found.

Before I summarize why I think dogs are natural companions, I want to share some of the information that I found during my research. Some of it might not seem important to you, but I think it helps bring everything together.

Of course, maybe I'm a little long winded and get side-tracked easily. You can always skip to the end to get my final thoughts on dogs as natural companions.

Pet Ownership Statistics

In the United States, pet ownership is constantly growing. According to a recent survey taken by the American Pet Products Association, over 54 million households in the U.S. own a dog. According to AVMA.org, there were approximately 43 million U.S. households owning dogs in 2012. That's about a 25% increase over a few years.

Of course, the increase of dog ownership can also be the result of population growth.

Pet Owner Statistics Chart

Definition of Companion

According to various dictionaries, companion is defined as someone that accompanies you or keeps you company. I find it interesting that Wikipedia actually has a definition for Companion Dog.

Wikipedia basically states that a companion dog is "a dog that does not work, providing only companionship as a pet, rather than usefulness by doing specific tasks."

I don't know if I agree completely with Wikipedia's definition of a Companion Dog, but if you consider the primary purpose of owning a dog, I think this would be a reasonable definition.

For example, if you had the need for a dog that would help you with specific daily tasks, then that dog is primarily a working dog, but, I believe that same dog could also be considered a companion.

Dogs are Part of the Family

The domesticated dog has been a part of our lives for a very long time. One very interesting thing that I found during my research is what Abby Grace Drake, Skidmore College Biologist and one of the co-authors of the 2013 study, stated during her interview with CBS.

"The dog remains from the Neolithic are found buried with humans and adorned with ornaments such as necklaces of deer teeth..." Drake told CBS news in an interview. Michael Casey - CBS News - February 6, 2015 -When did dogs become man's best friend?

The Neolithic Era for the Asia area is around 10,000 B.C. That's a long time ago.

What really stood out for me was the fact that the dog and people were buried in the same grave and all were adorned with ornaments. For me, this meant that the dog was more than just a pet.

Some people might think that the dog was placed there to protect the people during their afterlife. 

That could be true, but why would there be ornaments placed on top of the dog too? That just doesn't make sense to me. The decorating of the dog along with the people leads me to believe that the dog was deeply loved.

My Thoughts - Dogs are Natural Companions

Dogs are Family

If you're like me, then your dog is very special to you. There's nothing like a companion that loves you unconditionally and is always there for you.

So, why are dogs the natural companion?

Dogs have always been there for us. Not only in the present, but also in the past. Since I like to believe wolves adopted man, that means they chose us.

Just think about it.

When you've had a bad day, your dog is there for you. Your dog is always so excited to see you even if you just went out for a quick errand. If you feel like taking a walk or working in your yard, your dog is always anxious to keep you company. Want to go for a drive? Your dog is more than happy to go with you.

Through good times and bad times, your dog is there for you. When you're feeling sad, doesn't giving your dog a hug make you feel better? Who else can you tell your deepest darkest secrets to without fear of someone finding out. Your dog.

That's why the dog is the natural companion.

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