Dog has been known to be a man’s best friend. The saying has been there for thousands years ago explaining the relationship between man and dog. Today, a dog has become one of the most favorite pet that is always found in almost every homestead. Dogs are known to be a great asset in contributing to the growth of young children. The contribution towards the development of young children is the reason most families keep dogs. A family dog will not only become your child friend but will also play an important role in his/her development. Below, we look at some of the reasons why you should keep a dog for your children.
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. Teach your child how to care, feed and bath the dog as a great way of teaching them how to be responsible. The skills acquired will make them grow as responsible people. The responsibility bestowed unto them will help them feel more confident about themselves.
Children do more exercises while playing with the dog. In today’s era of digital world, you will always find children indoors playing games on phones, play stations, etc., limiting their time of having physical games. 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.
There are ways that a dog enlightens the spirit of a child even when they are angry, helping them grow emotionally. Sometimes, children can become emotional and portray an unruly behavior, perfect time to bond with the dog and make them feel loved. A family dog strengthens the bond between siblings.
Another great benefit of having a family dog is improved health status of your kids. Dogs make great playmates for the children, therefore, letting the children exercise while in play and stay in good 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.