It is said that a dog is man’s best friend. The saying has been there for thousands years ago explaining the relationship between man and dog. Among the several pets available, dog is preferred as the most favorite in several homes. Dogs contribute a lot towards the development of young children. This is the reason most homes with growing kids keep dogs as their preferred pet. A family dog will not only become your child friend but will also play an important role in his/her development. Below is a discussion of some of the benefits of having a dog at home.
Dogs make good friends to your children. Children can always play with the dogs at home or outdoors whenever they need to. Sometimes, the neighborhood friends are away or busy elsewhere, and your child can feel lonely when left with no one to play with, providing a great opportunity for them to play with the dog. Dogs have a way of providing a leaning shoulder to the children when they became angry or sad.
The child will feel bestowed with the responsibility of taking care of the dog. Teaching your kids how to look after the dog is a great way of teaching them how to be responsible children. Once the children develop these parental skills, they will grow up as responsible young adults in future. By taking part in those small dog chores, the kid will develop self-confidence, and feel more committed and responsible.
Another benefit of having a family dog is that it will promote the child to do more exercises, whilst playing with the dog. Digital world is limiting the children play time as you will always find them with play stations, playing games on electronic gadgets, etc. Having a dog around will encourage the kids to go out and play with the dog, thus having to do some exercise which is good for their bodies.
Children find a sense of belonging when with dogs. Sometimes, children can become emotional and portray an unruly behavior, perfect time to bond with the dog and make them feel loved. Children enjoying with the family dog will also increase the bond between them.
A family dog will ensure the health of your children is improved. By having a dog around, you are assured the children will do exercises while playing with the dog, thus improving their health. Although some families worry that the dog will bring germs and diseases at home, on the contrary, the presence of germs and dirt will boost the children’s immune system as well as ensure they regularly wash their hands to prevent spreading germs and diseases related to the dog.
Dogs also require some play time and can only feel the loneliness when the kids are busy in school, doing homework or away on trip. In these case, keep your dog busy by getting him/her play toys such as automatic ball throwers to play with.