Should You Get Your Kids A Dog?
Wondering if your child needs a dog in their lives? We say yes! Every child should grow up knowing the special kind of love and affection that come from having a dog in their home. If that’s not enough to sway you, here are a few reasons that prove it!
Babies who live with dogs get sick less.
According to a study done at Kuopio University Hospital in Finland, babies who lived with dogs during the first year of their life were one third more likely to avoid respiratory illness and infection than their non-dog-owning counterparts.
Many consider this to be a result of dogs causing more exposure to germs, increasing the babies’ immune systems to prevent sickness.
Pets help young readers gain confidence.
Children who are learning to read often get self-conscious reading aloud around other people, but they don’t have that same anxiety around animals. Reading to a dog is the perfect way for kids to gain confidence.
Kids with dogs have less allergies and asthma.
According to a study published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy, scientists have found that kids who grow up around dogs are 50% less likely to develop allergies and asthma than those who grow up without a dog.
Dogs help reduce stress in kids with Autism.
According to a study conducted by University of Montréal, the stress hormones of a child with an autism spectrum disorder are dramatically reduced when living with a trained service dog. A significant drop in behavioral problems was reported as well.
– via Distractify
Your Child Needs A Dog! Here’s why!
Wondering what your kids can gain from growing up with a dog? Here are a few traits that are necessary for all children to learn, but easier for those who have a dog!
Responsibility – Quite possibly the strongest argument for rescuing a dog (and most challenging) is that it teaches a child to be responsible for someone or something besides themselves. Caring for a dog is hard but overwhelmingly satisfying.
When your child needs to be sure the dog has food (portion control and all) and water each day, they begin to realize that the dog relies on them; the dog needs them to survive.
Compassion – There is an undeniable truth that dogs have a keen sense of smell. They also seem to sense when we are sad or sick and without fail, sit by our side or lay at our feet as if to say, “I’m here. It will be ok.”
Dogs teach us to be aware of the feelings of others and to support one another when times are tough. Involving a child in rescuing a dog is the ultimate lesson in compassion.
Forgiveness – We all get frustrated sometimes. And often times that frustration is misdirected at the people or pets we love even though we don’t mean to hurt anyone’s feelings.
If you’ve ever been around dogs, you know that when a dog is scolded (for good reason or not), they cower and avoid eye contact. They know they have upset you and that’s the one thing they never want to do.
But when we realize that our misdirected anger was wrong, a simple pat on the dog’s head and a belly scratch is all you need to receive complete forgiveness and a wagging tail.
– via Boston.com
Did you have a dog growing up? What were some of the things you gained from growing up with a puppy? Do you think that every child needs a dog while growing up?