The Value of your Pet Dog to your Kids
For millions of families around the world, a pet dog is an important part of life. In fact, the bond between man and dog is evident all throughout history and no other animal can match it. 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 for a select few, owning a dog isn’t really as feasible as most people think. Well, it’s primarily attributed to the fact that having a pet dog at home corresponds to added responsibility. This is quite true if you have kids to take care of.
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. The thing is there actually are ways that the presence of dogs in your home, plus the way you take care of them, will teach your kids a handful of things about the sense of responsibility and life in general.
1 – Your young ones will eventually learn how to take good care of something valuable 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 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.
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. 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.
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.