Children and dogs go together naturally. There comes a time in the life of most kids when, if they do not yet have a family dog, they begin to ask their parents for one. If your kids have made this request of you, please consider the benefits a canine can add to your family. While a dog changes the dynamic of a family, it is usually for the better, and these furry friends can be valuable assets to growing children.
As kids grow, it’s important for parents to find ways of nurturing their responsibility. Doing chores is one way of instilling a strong work ethic in a child, but these chores mean more if they are connected to something they care about. With a dog, children will be invested in the animal’s well-being, making them more motivated to perform tasks related to the dog’s care.
For instance, they might not be too enthusiastic about washing the dishes, but giving the dog a bath is a fun way to bond with the dog and get a good summertime soaking as well. Making up a chart featuring various chores connected with the dog can help you and your kids to stay organized. Such chores can be dog walks, feedings, play time, and grooming.
Dogs crave exercise, and for love of the dog, otherwise sedentary children will be more inclined to get outdoors and do something more active than sitting in front of the TV all summer. Whether it’s throwing a tennis ball in the backyard, flinging a Frisbee in the park or just taking a brisk stroll around the neighborhood, there are many ways that your kids can play with their dog and get exercise at the same time. If they are younger, it’s best for them to do this with an adult or a teenager to be sure that they are safe from cars and strangers, as well as the possibility of the dog getting away.
Socialization is an incredibly important element of a child’s experience, but away from school, it can be difficult for kids to make those connections. However, dogs are automatic kid magnets. Other kids will see the dog and be interested, and new friendships are likely to form as a result. Children may want to come over to the house so that they can join your kids in playing with the dog. It’s a wonderful way for the kids in the same neighborhood to get to know each other.
It’s also a good idea to have a dog because they can be fierce protectors. If someone tries to break into the house, they will alert the rest of the household, and if your child is being bullied, the dog can scare other kids off with a sharp bark. Some dogs have also alerted neighbors if a child has an accident, thus bringing rescue to a child that would otherwise be stranded.
As you can see, there are many good reasons to give your children a dog, and these are just a few. Why not invite a lively pooch into your home and see the difference it makes?