Great Benefits of Dogs and Children Growing Up Together

Most children are going to love dogs; they are cute, cuddly, and fun. But there are many reasons why growing up with a dog can actually benefit a child, or a family in general, as a result. Both physically and psychologically, a dog can be a massive help at home. If you’re not convinced, then take a look at a few of the many ways that a dog could help in your home.



Always Have Companionship

Growing up isn’t always easy. But having the consistency of always knowing your dog is at home, can be reassuring to children as they grow up. Having a dog to play with and cuddle can be a great way to feel comforted as a child, especially if they’ve had a hard day at school or there are issues in the family. Having a pet can help them to relax and it has even been shown to relieve stress.


Be More Active

There are some pets that are really low-maintenance. They need food, cleaning occasionally, and then you just leave them be. So while a pet like that may be appealing, it isn’t a pet that is going to encourage your children to be particularly active. So if you want to get them off the computer or consoles from time to time, then having a dog that needs to be walked is a good way to do it. The time spent outdoors with the pet dog can be fun, and will get them in a healthy routine that will set them up for life.

Added Happiness

One of the things that we all want our children to say about their childhood is that it was a happy one. And one thing that a dog can do is to add to the happiness of childhood. Interaction with a dog can increase your child’s happiness levels, as well as your own. Recently we have seen the rise of Emotional Support Animals too, that can help those of us, and our children, that suffer with anxiety or autism, and places like the ESA site can talk about the positive result that they have seen from this initiative. So if this is the case for someone in your household, it could be worth looking into to add more happiness into their lives.


Teaching Responsibility

There is no time like the present to teach our children about responsibility and all that they need to do to make a difference in the world. And one of those things can be through taking care of their pet. When they know how that something else, their dog, is dependant on them for food, walks, health, and cleaning, then it does add some pressure. But it also teaches our children about unconditional love and how much of a difference that can make.

These are only just a few of the added benefits to having a dog in the home. Do you currently have dogs? Would you recommend to others? Would love to hear what you think.

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