For generations, dogs have been one of the most popular pets because of their unwavering loyalty, unconditional love and commitment. They are very special animals that forge deep bonds with their owners that can last a lifetime. But did you know they have many more benefits to our health and well-being than simply being our best buddy? 1) They help us not stress out as much. Yes, everyone knows that having a dog helps people be more positive but research has even more to say.