4. You'll Be A Better Man
"All humans are hardwired to make sustained attachment bonds, but doing so goes against what we're often taught about being a man," says Blazina. "Up to 70 percent of North American men are still influenced by stringent gender roles that keep us from knowing how we feel or making connections — like we're cowboys riding off solo into the sunset." Such bottled-up "male" traits can increase risks of depression, anxiety, or substance abuse, Blazina says. Canines can help bust down those walls. "If men can be more themselves and less guarded around their dogs, that can have a huge impact."