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. Even in the earliest days of man, dogs have forged a lasting bond with humans like no other animals have done successfully. 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 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. Here are some ways that a dog can teach your children about life:
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. 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 – 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. 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 – Kids are always happy and active with dogs.
It’s quite true that even kids these days could get anxious and stressed with even the littlest of reasons. But with the presence of dogs inside the house, they have a sense of companionship, someone they feel like they can talk to or serve as a distraction to any ill feelings or negative emotion.