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Why Dogs Are Good For Children

Caring for both kids and dogs is not an easy task and can be really stressful! Housework and a good night’s sleep all become less important when a new baby is born. In this case, the dog may be forgotten or get less attention than they had in the past. Some parents stop caring for their dogs when kids come into the family, while others may consider getting rid of their dog. It may seem like the easiest way out of this inconvenient situation when you don’t feel like caring for the dogs anymore.

However, we don’t think this is the best decision because there are so many benefits that pets provide for kids! It is easy for kids to get wrapped up in the idea of owning a new pet, but it’s up to their parents to ensure the experience is positive, and that pets get the care they need for their entire lives. Children tend to think of all the good and fun benefits of having a pet. Parents who have experience, or even first-time pet owners, know that a lot of patience, time and effort is needed. However, it is really worth it. Kids that grow with pets in the family will gain the following benefits!

List Of Benefits

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More Compassionate

Multiple studies have shown that children who are pet owners are more sympathetic towards others. If there are pets in the home, parents and children are often involved in pet care, which suggests that young people learn at an early age how to care for and nurture a dependent animal.

Always Feel Supported

Several researchers found that children often name their pet when asked who they would go to with a problem. Pets can make people feel unconditionally accepted, whereas fellow humans will judge and may criticize them.

Less Stress

Patting a dog has been proven to reduce cortisol levels in both human and pet animals. In addition, research shows that children’s stress levels decrease when reading aloud to a dog.

Better Cognitive Skills

Some study has suggested that children, who talk to pets, whether by giving commands or praise or simply babbling, show a better cognitive development.

Improved Impulse Control

Social skills, self-esteem and sharing the love and care of a family pet forges an additional common bond among siblings. Also, emerging readers often feel more comfortable reading aloud to a pet.

Healthier

Besides the obvious benefits of being more active and getting outside more frequently when playing with their pet, many studies have suggested that children who have pets have a low probability of developing allergies.

Higher self-esteem

When given tasks to complete, such as helping with the care of a pet, kids show an improvement in self-esteem, for example, the tasks of feeding a dog or cat, kids always perform such task with passion.

Updated: August 12, 2017.

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