Well, my dogs tend to get me moving and just out the house more. Sure, my son also does but apples don't fall too far from trees and he's a lot like his parents these days. We're pretty introverted people. :redface:
When our fourteen year old dog passed away earlier this year I truly found myself missing taking him on walks, taking him out in the yard for some "crazy play" (yes, he still got the zoomies at 14...that's a boxer for you), taking him to pet friendly places so he could enjoy all the love, dog parks, dog beach...etc, you get the idea.
So we just adopted a new dog and while she isn't as amped up as him, I'm definitely loving our strolls and just taking care of her in general. It keeps my body and my mind busy and something I realized makes me feel much healthier when I do it. I'm fairly anxious by nature and one good thing for me (not necessarily everyone) is just staying busy and active. And a dog is a wonderful fix for that.
They're also amazing conversation starters if you're a shy person. I'm not really shy but I don't really go out of my way to start up a conversation with a new person but a dog will do the work for you.