Playing with dogs is so much fun to me. But, there are more benefits to playing with dogs then it just being fun.

And, this should come as no surprise to anyone to know that petting and playing with dogs lowers blood pressure and heart rate almost immediately. And, these benefits may add up to long term protection: Some studies show that dog owners have lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and obesity risk than people without them.

According to a study recently found in Men's Journal, a dog may change your perception of a stressor.

"You come home after a bad day, your dog runs up so happy to see you, and suddenly you think, 'You know what? I can do this.'"

So, the next time you are not liking your blood pressure numbers, think about getting a dog!