It is easy to get caught up in that space where you and your kid are having a conversation on why you can’t allow a dog in the house, or better still why you don’t think a dog is best for him or her.
Did you see the trend there? You! It’s been about you, let’s deviate a little, shall we? Let’s talk about why your little kid needs that dog in the house. It will amaze you just how much pleasantness having a single dog can bring, not just for your little boy or girl but for you as well.
We all know there might be a lot of personal reservations as to why we wouldn’t want to share our space with dogs, but the benefits far outweigh the possible fears in more ways than one. Get reading and learn more.
Relationship Between Dogs and Kids
After a lot of scientific research about the relationship between dogs and humans, children to be more specific, evidence has emerged to prove that there are a lot of similarities between the feelings that come from having a baby and that of owning a dog.
When a child has a dog, those feelings grow even more. Studies have shown that a hormone called oxytocin is released in both humans and dogs when they are close to each other; oxytocin is usually referred to as the “love hormone” because it sparks feelings of love and affection in a person.
Dogs, on the other hand, tend to grow fonder of the people they stay with, and quickly adapt to whichever environment they find themselves with their owners.
Benefits of Dogs for Your Kids
1. Fun Buddy – One of the most logical reasons why dogs are good to be around children is because of the fun they can have together.
Dogs in their typical nature are always agile and ready for play, this can go on for most of the day, making it very easy for them to cheer up a sad or inactive child.
A recent study carried out showed that having a dog around you encourages more working out and exercising which in turn keeps your child in perfect shape and good health, it was also stated that children who have dogs tend to work out for longer hours and more frequently that those that have none.
They make it a routine to run around, walk, and play with them which keeps their body and mind always active, and fully energized. Doing this with dogs is seen more like fun than a workout.
2. They Get Accountable – If you have been having a hard time getting your child to understand what it means to be responsible for his or her actions or to take some steps towards being accountable for certain things, get a dog!
When children have dogs, they get to understand that the total wellbeing of the dog is more or less dependent on them.
From feeding to bathing to walking and so on, your kid will have to be responsible for anything the dog needs and the upkeep of the dog.
You will be surprised to see that this will also affect other aspects of his her life by making them also accountable for things other than the dog.
Taking total responsibility for a dog gives a child a sense of control, and makes kids quickly realize just how many things they can put in order on their own.
3. Emotional Bliss – Dogs make people happy! Having dogs around for your kids will do a lot of good to their emotional life by making them overly cheerful and bright.
Studies have shown that people who spend time around dogs tend to have an increase in serotonin, which is a chemical produced in the body. Serotonin is responsible for a lot of things associated with happiness and mood balancing which is essential for social emotions in adults as well as children.
Dogs have also been shown to help children who are constantly battling with low self-esteem, they help such children boost their confidence level, ego, and their dog becomes a partner they can always rely on and feel less insecure with.
Being that dogs are less judgemental than people, children who interact with dogs often find it easier to develop boldness, mainly because they know they have a dog back home that is always ready to accept them no matter how many mistakes they make.
4. Feelings Of Compassion – If you have a child who fails to comprehend the reason why other people should be treated nicely, or why love is important, a dog could certainly be of help.
When a child becomes responsible for a dog, they naturally grow a sense of protection for the dog as they are acutely aware that the dog is totally reliant on them, this naturally breeds a feeling of compassion and love between the dog and the child.
In such instances, you see a child weep when his or her dog develops an ailment or an injury; this shows that such a child understands what compassion is all about and is entirely capable of giving it back to not only his or her dog but to people as well.
Dogs are very compassionate and protective creatures especially to their owners, and it becomes very easy for those feelings to extend from the dog to children who are constantly around them.
Having said all that, the reasons why we should have dogs in our home are limitless; they do not only hold benefits for our kids but also for us.
With time, the feeling of fondness and care will start to grow towards the dog, and I think that is a good omen in any family, don’t you agree?
There are numerous games you can play with your dogs and so many ways you can all catch fun with your dog and your kids.
Dogs have heightened senses among all their other abilities, and there have been many instances where dogs detect illnesses in their owners before they are noticed, there have also been times when dogs keep their owners away from danger even at the risk of their own lives.
If you still have some reservations as to why your child should have a dog, watch this video and let it do the rest of the convincing.