Study: My Understanding of Pets

The Value of your Pet Dog to your Kids

Millions of households around the world consider a pet dog as an integral and precious member of the family. Even in the earliest days of man, dogs have forged a lasting bond with humans like no other animals have done successfully. Interestingly, many couples already owned a dog long before they decided to have kids, and doing so kind of prepared them of the responsibility of taking good care of their kids in the future.

But for a select few, owning a dog isn’t really as feasible as most people think. The reason is probably because having a pet dog means having to shoulder added responsibility. This is relatively true if you have kids to take care of.

Yes, it’s true that the thought of having kids and pet dogs at home is challenging enough, but haven’t you even contemplated on what benefit it might give you? 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. While doing so, you’re not actually just making sure all their needs are provided because you also are teaching them how to be like you when they eventually have to become parents themselves. But the actual question really is where is the dog’s role here? By giving the same responsibility like a parent to your child, but this time the job is to take care of the family pet, then he or she will begin to understand the value of performing or fulfilling a responsibility; likewise, it also allows them to develop feelings towards the dog, which in turn will translate into action.

2 – It educates them.

Obviously, your kids get their education from school and from you, but it wouldn’t hurt if they also learn from other things, provided it’s done in a positive way. For instance, teaching them how to take care of the family dog means they will eventually build the sense of responsibility and translate it into actions. 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 – Kids are always happy and active with dogs.

It’s quite true that even kids these days could get anxious and stressed with even the littlest of reasons. 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.

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