Lessons Your Family Dog Can Give to your Children
Wherever you are in the world, it’s no secret that pet dogs are considered part of the family. 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. It’s probably because they know for a fact that it adds more responsibility. This is especially true if you already have children.
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? 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 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. 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. So how does the family dog come in this situation? 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 – It’s a form of education to them.
You obviously send your kids to school to learn how to be a good individual, but it would not hurt either if they get more learning at home. 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 – 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. The role of dogs in terms of bringing out positiveness and optimism is vital, because with them, kids won’t have to absorb negative emotions as much as they need to since they have the pet dog as a companion to cheer them up.