Get The Kids A Dog… It Will Be Good For Them… Really

By  | May 13, 2017 | Filed under: Interesting Facts, News

Most children love dogs. They’re cute, cuddly, and oh-so-friendly. But did you know that growing up with a dog can actually benefit a child’s physical and psychological development? Here are some of the many benefits of dogs being in children’s lives.

Having a pet provides constant companionship through the ups and downs. Dogs can be a great source of comfort for kids — even when they’re coming to grips with difficult life lessons.

A recent study showed that kids with dogs exercise eleven minutes a day more than their non-dog owning peers. That might not sound like a lot, but over a week or month, it really adds up. Many dogs require daily walks or runs and plenty of play time.

Having a pet is a great way to teach responsibility to kids. Making sure that the family dog has food and water gives children a first glimpse of accountability and obligation. Children also learn empathy and compassion by caring for their pet, while developing a higher level of self-esteem by taking care of their pet-owning responsibilities.images (2)

Recent studies have found that babies raised in close contact with a pet get sick less often in their first year of life, meaning fewer visits to the doctor’s office. Exposure to pet dander and the microbes that pets carry into the home from the outdoors is suggested to improve babies’ developing immune systems. Research has also found that children who grow up with dogs experience a reduced risk of allergies.

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of dogs in early childhood is simply that they make children happy! Interaction with animals has been proven to raise levels of serotonin and dopamine, which are the chemical building blocks of positive feelings. All science aside, playing and interacting with dogs is just plain fun — and it’s bound to brighten any kid’s day.

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One Response to Get The Kids A Dog… It Will Be Good For Them… Really

  1. Johnny May 13, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Such a great thought! I know I definitely would have benefited with a pet earlier on in life.

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