The Value of your Pet Dog to your Kids
Wherever you are in the world, it’s no secret that pet dogs are considered part of the family. These canine buddies have a unique bond with humans that no other animal possesses. Well, there even are couples who first owned a dog before they decided to have a child, and in doing so, it actually prepared them for a more serious parenting responsibility in the immediate future.
But there too are others who just don’t feel like owning a dog is their kind of thing. Well, it’s primarily attributed to the fact that having a pet dog at home corresponds to added responsibility. This is especially true if you already have children.
Although you really don’t want to entertain the idea of having pet dogs in your home along with your kids, you should know that there actually are some benefits. Quite interestingly, the way you take care of your dogs and their presence alone might actually teach your kids a thing or two about life and the sense of responsibility as a human being.
1 – Your kids will learn how to take care of something that’s important to them.
Being a parent comes natural, and this literally means you will take care of your child and focus on that job on top of everything else. In doing so, you’re not just making sure they’re healthy, safe, and protected; you’re also trying to send them a message about how to become parents themselves when they grow up. But the question is what’s the pet dog’s role in this situation? The answer is pretty simple: you give the responsibility of taking care of the pet dog to your child, and in so doing, you give him/her the opportunity to build some kind of value to the animal, in the process allowing him/her to develop feelings towards the animal.
2 – It educates them.
You obviously send your kids to school to learn how to be a good individual, but it would not hurt either if they get more learning at home. By teaching them how to take good care of the family dog, they will start appreciating and embracing that responsibility, and naturally, they’ll translate that sense of responsibility into action. One simple scenario is when you talk to them about spotting the signs of a dog that’s not feeling well; and by doing so, your kids will easily pick up on that and will religiously take a closer look at the pet to see if it indeed is sick; once the signs are obvious, they translate that into action by calling you immediately for the dog to be taken to the veterinary clinic.
3 – The presence of dogs in your home makes your kids active and happy.
Even kids these days can get easily stressed and anxious. With dogs around, kids who feel negative or sad about something can have a diversion, thanks to the sense of companionship brought by the pet to them.