Has your child been begging for a dog? Well, they actually might be onto something. Let’s chat today about why you should get a dog.
Studies show that growing up with a dog can benefit a child’s psychological and physical development. [Your kid would be so happy with me for saying that!]
Not only that, but being exposed to the responsibility and companionship of a pet can help with:
- personal accountability, and of course,
- physical health.
Kids + Dogs = Massive Energy!
When that cute, cuddly puppy wants to play, your child will more than likely be a first responder, and that’s just the beginning of getting your kids off that cushy couch!
Implementing daily responsibilities like morning and afternoon walks, feeding the pup, and cleaning up small dog-induced messes can not only help children understand obligation and improve self confidence, but that daily activity can add up to their overall health.
This infographic by PuppySpot highlights all the areas dogs can positively impact you and your child’s health, including heart, mind and body.
Now can you see how having a doggy friend at home is a great way to steer children away from sedentary habits?
If it doesn’t happen organically, when your kiddos come home from school, rather than flopping down in front of the TV, try to incorporate some dog-friendly activities into your family’s daily routine.
Fun Activities for Fido and Your Kids
- If you have a fenced-in yard, encourage your kid to kick around a soccer ball or test out their pitching arm with a game of fetch.
- Check to see if there are any dog friendly parks in your area and take a family walk there to keep the fun going. This will give both your kids and your dog some healthy socialization.
- Get some toys and ask your kids to have a playful tug-o-war game with your furry friend
These positive, endorphin boosting activities can also impact children’s nurturing abilities. Petting and caring for dogs not only relieves stress, but can help them develop an understanding of what it means to have something depend on them and their compassion.
So, the next time your kids start on a tangent of needing a puppy, consider the benefits that may come along with it. If you’re swaying towards a “Yes,” remember to do your research to determine which breed best suits your home and family.
What Dog Should I Get?
Going through a couple quick examples, Golden Retrievers are well known for being great with children and are also great as therapy dogs.
Goldendoodles, on the other hand, consistently rank as one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. for their loving personality and hypoallergenic coat.
Whichever breed you choose, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to dogs.
And, if you’re not quite sure of which breed is best for you and your family, but you’re now convinced as to why you should get a dog, here’s a fancy chart to help.
Let us know in the comments which you think might work best for you!
If you already have a pup and really don’t need to be convinced about why you should get a dog, this is a great time to show them some extra love for all they do for you and your family! Give them a shout-out in the comments below and tell us why you love ’em!
About the Author:
PuppySpot is a service committed to helping responsible breeders place their puppies with caring individuals and families across the U.S. More than just a service, the PuppySpot team is a community of dog lovers whose mission is to make lives better by placing healthy puppies into happy homes.