Top Reasons Why Dogs are Good For Kids

08/09/2016
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Animals are a huge part of many people’s lives and there are some top reasons why dogs are good for kids.  Research does need to be done into what breed would best suit you and your family as well the lifestyle that you have but they can give an enormous amount of happiness to the family unit.

Did you know that having a pet in the family home can have social, psychological and health benefits?

The list for owning a family animal could be extensive but these are some of the key points that we found out:

  • a family with the dog because dogs are good for kidsOverall there are huge health benefits to owning a pet.  There have been studies that show that owning a pet can reduce stress and anxiety in both children and adults.  Having a companion and friend that doesn’t tell your secrets and likes to cuddle up with you or play with you.  Cuddling is great at reducing stress and anxiety particularly if they are willing to cuddle as much as possible and I for one never turn down a cuddle
  • Animals can be great for children’s development.  Firstly they can see that animals have to be looked after so it can increase their level of responsibility, showing empathy and compassion for something and can help with communication both in teaching an animal commands as well as open conversation.  Many studies show that children feel more at ease talking to animals.
  • Animals can also get you and your family out of the house.  There are so many parks now that animals are allowed to go or simply getting out and taking it for a walk, if it is the walking variety that they believe it can help children get outdoors more and be more active.
  • There have been studies that have shown that children with Autism have responded well to pets.  Also, children who may have had trauma or family issues have connected with a pet and it has become a fantastic therapy aid for a child.
  • I also read on a few different websites that children in homes with animals within the first few years of life can be less prone to asthma and other health-related issues.  This has had mixed reviews based on research done with dogs, cats, and birds but they do believe that children with dogs or cats are less likely to develop asthma or allergies.   This is still being researched but centres such as the National Centre for Health Research has done studies showing that overall pet owners have fewer doctor visits than people who didn’t have pets.
  • Dogs provide a good amount of responsibility to children.  They become aware of having to care for another being other than themsefrench bulldog puppy in a basket because dogs are good for kidslves.  Dogs are not able to fend for themselves so it is vital they are fed, kept warm and given water and love.  Many children respond well to this level of responsibility and it helps with implementing routine and assigning tasks to children to show them their impact on the family and the people and animals that live in the house.  Everyone plays a role in the household.
  • As animals need a lot of attention and tender loving care and dogs in particular love to be part of the family, it can show children empathy and tenderness.  They can understand that if they hurt the animal it will yelp, they can learn when they are too rough.  Because they are a large part of the family they can also be a huge source of companionship.  Whether you have one or five children dogs make wonderful friends and really do want to be part of the family unit.

Obviously,  the responsibility of having a dog or a pet is huge and is a decision that should not be taken lightly.  There are many factors that a family should consider before they embark on having an animal that will be around for 10 years and hopefully beyond.  There are also many costs associated with having a family pet that also needs to be considered.

 

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply Julia Groves 16/09/2016 at 9:43 am

    I always wanted a dog as a kid.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 19/09/2016 at 9:53 am

      They are such wonderful animals! I think I will always have dogs in my life! 🙂

  • Reply Erin Nichols 14/09/2016 at 2:43 pm

    This is adorable! We have two dogs and my daughter is their biggest fan. She adores them and even when she is down, they can cheer her up. She has also learned a lot about respect and responsibility. Great post!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 15/09/2016 at 12:27 pm

      I loved that when I was a kid with dogs. They never told anyone your secrets and they were always up for cuddles which definitely cheered me up! Yes it does teach them a lot about being responsible for something or someone else. Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Reply Emily 13/09/2016 at 11:49 am

    Growing up I always wanted a dog. He had pets but smaller ones, mainly of the fish and hamster variety. Now my kids are growing up with 2 Yorki poos.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 13/09/2016 at 12:51 pm

      Oh how lovely!! Small animals are good too as they still need looking after. I loved having animals growing up. 🙂

  • Reply Dani Adams 13/09/2016 at 4:19 am

    Wonderful points you have brought up. Pets are such a joy in the home. Our kids have embraced compassion a sense of responsibility from caring for our pets. I agree there is much to benefit from having a pup in the home.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 13/09/2016 at 12:50 pm

      They really are and I agree especially as a puppy my kids are having to learn that they need to be teachers as well. It is also a lovely bond too! 🙂

  • Reply The Year Of The Daffodil 09/09/2016 at 6:34 pm

    Our kids have to cope with just having their much loved rabbit. I am allergic to Dogs and Cats. Which is hard but my parents have a gorgeous griffin terrier cross that they love, and claim as their own so it all works out. I agree kids can learn so much from having pets.

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 12/09/2016 at 8:50 pm

      That is no good being allergic to dogs and cats, but I love rabbits and if we didn’t get a dog I would love them! I agree, they definitely have a lot to teach us too. 🙂

  • Reply Alyssa Knee 08/09/2016 at 9:15 am

    I so agree with this, we always had an array of pets growing up and I believe that they were good for us on so many different levels. Sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved family member, they really do find a special place in your heart!

    • Reply In The Lyons Den 09/09/2016 at 7:19 am

      They sure do!! We had pets too and I agree, I think there are so many reasons to have them in your life! 🙂

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