Anyone who’s grown up with pets will know just how much joy they can bring. They weave their way into our hearts and turn a house into a home.
A wagging tail, a furry cuddle and unconditional love are just a few of the things that bring a smile to any face. But, for children, the benefits are even more far reaching.
If you’re still not convinced, consider some of these;
Gets kids outside and active
Owning a dog is a great way to get kids outside and active, and because exercising is a necessity for all dogs, particularly pups, there’s no excuse to avoid it.
In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, found that children with dogs spend an average of 325 minutes doing physical activity per day, 11 more than those without dogs.
Aids learning curves
Having a pet helps to teach children the responsibility that goes alongside caring for something other than them.
Caring for, feeding or exercising an animal helps children to understand what’s involved, and the commitment that’s required on a permanent basis.
Similarly, children learn empathy when the animal is ill or injured and it helps them experience positive emotions such as love and happiness
When the world around them is scary or daunting, a furry companion can provide a child with stability and reassurance.
Having a buddy who loves unconditionally and listens without judgement can often be just what is needed. It also never hurts to have a mate who’s always willing to play.
Helps with social connectivity
Animals provide a great conversation starter, especially for children who are otherwise quite shy.
Being able to open up and talk about something that they’re passionate about means that they can socialize on a comfortable level. Subsequently, this then helps their confidence bloom in other social situations.
Pet ownership has long been associated with many health benefits, such as lowered blood pressure, reduced stress and improved mood.
As far as children are concerned, the health benefits start young.
One particular study published in JAMA Pediatrics found that children who had a dog in their first year of life were 13% less likely to develop asthma by the time they were six than those from dog-free households.
Possibly one of the greatest benefit of children having a pet is simply because they bring happiness.
Being around animals has shown to increase levels of the feel good chemicals, serotonin and dopamine, and no one can argue with that.
Becoming part of your family
Having a pet become part of your family is a big commitment. Therefore, it’s important to think about how it will impact you all and carefully consider what sort of animal will best fit in with your lifestyle.
Research breeds and temperaments to ensure that you’re choosing a pet that will be tolerant and good with children. Similarly, consider the costs associated with looking after the animal, such as micro-chipping, vaccination and kennel care.
On a similar note, people becoming part of your family need to be right – and never is that truer than when it comes to a babysitter. When entrusting your children to the care of someone else, you need to be comfortable and confident that they are the one for the job.
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When it comes to family, don’t leave anything to chance.
By Jo Hartley
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