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Owning a dog may seem like a burden for a single parent. However, dogs are easy to train and they make great companions for children and adults alike. If your child asks for a dog every chance they get, consider their request, as dogs are great for children. Below, we’ve laid out 5 reasons why your child should have a dog.
Dogs Are Great For An Only Child
If you’re the single parent of an only child and you don’t plan to have more children, get your kid a dog. Owning a dog can also decrease the chance of your child developing depression and other mental health problems. According to a study published by the National Center For Biotechnology Information, children rank pets higher than humans in terms of providing self-esteem and comfort. The same study mentions that dogs can help reduce anxiety and arousal or enhancing attachment.
As the evidence shows, dogs have a positive contribution to the emotional development of a child. Not only that but dogs can improve anyone’s mood, they make kids feel loved and they make them smile, thus owning a dog can benefit your kid’s mental health.
Dogs Improve Fast Thinking And Communication
Fast thinking is hard to teach skill because it takes a lot of practice to master it. With dogs, kids can learn faster. When they are responsible for a dog, kids have to make fast decisions on a daily basis.
When they have to train a dog, kids learn how to communicate assertively and how to establish boundaries. All dogs can be trained but when children are involved, some breeds are more accommodating than others. PetMD mentions that, before deciding on a breed, you have to consider the temperament, size, and energy level of the breed. Everybody knows that Golden Retrievers make amazing family dogs. But so do Labrador Retrievers, Border Collies, Beagles, Bulldogs, and many other breeds and mixed breeds. The best dog breed for your family can be determined only after carefully considering the breed’s care requirements. You have to make sure that your child and the new family member feel at ease with each other and can learn to love each other.
Dogs Keep Kids Active
Dogs need to be exercised and walked daily. Walking the dog is a great task for your kid if they are old enough to do it. If they aren’t, backyard playtime is also a great way to keep your kid and dog active. Playing fetch, running with the dog are great activities for maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.
A study conducted in England found that children who have a pet dog have higher levels of physical activity than children who don’t have a dog in their life. The Child Heart and Health Study in England discovered that dog-owning children have more light or moderate to vigorous physical activity than children who do not have a dog in the household.
It is important to remember that not all dogs can be very active. Pugs, for example, cannot run or play for too long. On the other hand, an Australian Shepard will make a great family companion since they are smart, active, and energetic, which makes them great for active children.
Dogs Teach Responsibility And Help Build Confidence
If your child loves dogs, they will be more than happy to participate in caring for the dog. Walking, grooming, feeding, and training can all be your child’s responsibility, as long as your child is old enough to handle these tasks. But, even if they aren’t, they can help you out.
Taking care of a dog helps children learn how to take initiative and remain grounded. Moreover, your child will be more comfortable to be around others, will build confidence, and work on their social skills. All because the UK is not too fond of dog parks, so, if you want to socialize the dog, you have to take it to a regular park where people will definitely engage your kid in conversations about the dog.
Dogs Teach Children Unconditional Love And Selflessness
Unconditional love and selflessness is something a dog is better at teaching than any actual teacher or mentor. Studies confirm that children feel they receive unconditional love from their pets. This type of unconditional love creates a sense of validation in children even if they are struggling to socialize with their peers.
A dog will also show your child how to forgive and how to be grateful. Dogs don’t hold grudges – if you upset them, they forgive you and give you a second chance. They are also incredibly grateful beings. No one can teach children how to be grateful for small things the way a dog can.
Providing a home for a dog comes with lots of responsibilities but also with a lot of fun, love, and all the amazing benefits we listed. So, if you were thinking of getting your child a dog but you weren’t sure, we think now you are convinced that adding a furry friend to your family is the right call.