Lessons Your Family Dog Can Give to your Children
Millions of households around the world consider a pet dog as an integral and precious member of the family. In fact, the bond between man and dog is evident all throughout history and no other animal can match it. 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 there too are others who just don’t feel like owning a dog is their kind of thing. 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.
As much as you hate to welcome the prospect of having kids and dogs in the same roof at the same time, there actually are some benefits you might get from it. 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 young ones will eventually learn how to take good care of something valuable to them.
As a parent, you know for a fact how much your kids mean to you and as such, you will do everything for them. 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? 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 – Dog ownership and companionship educates them.
It’s true that kids learn a lot of stuff if you send them to school, but it won’t hurt either if they can learn a thing or two at home. If you teach them how to take care of the family dog, they will by instinct learn how to be responsible, and when they do, it’ll translate into action. For example, you can teach your kids on how to spot signs of illness or disease in dogs, and when they figure that out and see that those signs are present, they will see it as their responsibility to call you so that the dog will be taken to the nearest veterinary clinic.
3 – It’s true that the presence of dogs in the house is enough reason to keep 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.