Dogs bring a lot of joy to people, which is why they call them man’s best friend, right? In addition to the joy they bring us as owners, there are also a lot of benefits beyond just the happiness, especially when kids are involved.
Dogs teach your kids responsibility.
Everything from feeding to walking to bathing has to happen for a dog, so why not let your kids take on some of the responsibility. Teaching them to put their clothes away so the puppy doesn’t eat them to making sure the dog always has water in his bowl is an excellent way to give your kids simple, yet important chores. Additionally, since the clothes being eaten is inevitable, you might want to have extra clothes handy.
Dogs teach your kids to love and care for other animals and people.
Just by allowing their hearts to open for an animal, helps them to open their hearts to others. They will better understand the value of life and all that live in it.
Dogs give kids a sense of security.
Dogs are meant to act as protectors, guardians of their home. Even the tiniest ones have “big dog syndrome” from time to time and this added protection allows kids to feel safer in their own home. Giving your kids a reason to feel safer at home is always a plus in this parent’s eye.
Dogs give them companionship when they lack it.
Some kids tend to keep to themselves more than others and some just prefer their books over their buddies. That’s not only perfectly normal but also okay! If a dog is present in the home, he can still give the child friendship when he may not have a human to share it with.
As a dog owner and mother, I know that we will always be a dog home. Aside from the joy they bring my husband and I, I see how happy they make our children and that alone makes me happy.