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Families with children are the most likely group of people to own a family pet, and it’s not difficult to see why. Pets offer so many incredible life lessons to children as they’re growing up; lessons which they might not get to experience until adulthood otherwise. If you’re umming and ahhing about getting a family dog, here are just a few ways a pet dog can be an amazing addition to your family life.
Childhood drama can be intense, with heartbreak, friendship problems, and steep learning curves – having a silent, sympathetic ear can be really great for children, especially if they’re a bit more shy when it comes to talking about their feelings with their fellow human beings.
Dogs require feeding, walking, watering, and regular health care, and if the dog belongs to your kid, it’s their responsibility to take on. Frontline Plus for dogs needs administering regularly to keep fleas and other little beasties at bay, they need bathing, socializing, and even training. While you might have to pay the price, your child can still take on most of the onus for their care. This understanding that the dog is a living creature is an essential life lesson – it teaches repercussions for actions and that responsibilities can’t be ignored, even for a day.
Most children learn compassion and empathy as they grow up around their peers, but caring for a pet is a fast track through this educational process. They learn that kindness is key, and they taking into account other people’s feelings and basic needs are as important as their own.
When you spend every day with someone that loves you unconditionally, it can be a great self-esteem boost, especially for a child who is quite shy or reserved. They can also feel proud and confident in knowing that their pet is healthy and happy because of their hard work and responsibility.
Patience is a lesson hard learned by many children, but a pet pup can really help. Dogs don’t always do what you want them to do, especially while they’re still young and going through their training, and that’s an important thing for a child to experience.
Trying to get kids off their computers and outside into the fresh air can feel like an uphill battle, but it’s essential for their health and wellbeing. A dog won’t take no for an answer – it needs to be taken outside at least twice a day for exercise and to do its business, some even more than others. If your child is begging for a dog, this needs to be a deal breaker – if they’re not happy to agree to two walks a day, they’re not in a position to take care of the pup. If they are willing to exercise the dog enough, they’ll be getting the daily exercise they need too, which can make them happier, healthier, and even help them to get better sleep.
A dog can be an amazing addition to a family. While everyone should share the responsibility, children who take the majority of it can learn some genuinely valuable life lessons to take into adulthood with them.