If you’re thinking about getting your child a puppy, there are a lot of factors that you should think about. But a dog can be an amazing friend and even a support system for your young child. It won’t just be a pet; it’ll be someone for your baby to grow up with.
If you’re still not convinced, here are some of the benefits of getting a dog for your son or daughter.
By spending time with their pet, your kids are able to develop skills as you did by being a parent. They will learn the importance of care, time management and most of all responsibility.
They could also encourage your kids to read! When the dog is calm and settled somewhere, tell your son or daughter that the pup wants to hear a story. By getting them to read out loud can drastically improve your child’s reading skills, speech, and overall confidence, but not only that, but it also makes it fun for them, instead of feeling like it’s homework.
Dogs can also help improve your child’s social skills. You may bump into some other kids in the park while going for a walk, who want to come and stroke the dog, or play together. This puts your child into a situation that is forcing some kind of interaction, and this will prepare them for the future.
If your child suffers from aggression or a hyperactive personality, playing with a dog may wear them out like you couldn’t.
If your child can be spiteful at times, by taking care of a dog, they’ll will learn how to be nurturing and caring, even with little things like making sure their pup has their own luxury leather dog bed, right next to theirs.
There are some dog breeds out there that are known for reducing anxiety within your children and offer them comfort when they need it. By having a playful interaction, or even just a cuddle can stimulate a hormone in our bodies called oxytocin, and this is what soothes the anxiety and worry inside of us.
A dog’s company will not only bring joy to your kids, but it will also prevent loneliness, resulting in less chance of becoming depressed. A dog is always there, ready and willing to play, so it’s also a great way to get your child outside of the house and active. They can have a run around in the park together, getting fresh air and a good bit of exercise at the same time, instead of sitting in front of the computer screen all day.
A dog will never yell or argue or go in a mood. They will never judge you. They will always want to cheer you up when you’re feeling down, and they’re the best cuddle buddies ever.
So if you’re sold on the idea of getting your child a puppy, just make sure you do some research on the different breeds out there so you can find exactly you want.