The Value of your Pet Dog to your Kids
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 for a select few, owning a dog isn’t really as feasible as most people think. 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.
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? Here are some ways that a dog can teach your children about life:
1 – They’ll eventually learn how important it is to take care of something they love or value.
As a parent, you know for a fact how much your kids mean to you and as such, you will do everything for them. 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? By giving the same responsibility like a parent to your child, but this time the job is to take care of the family pet, then he or she will begin to understand the value of performing or fulfilling a responsibility; likewise, it also allows them to develop feelings towards the dog, which in turn will translate into action.
2 – It educates 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. By teaching them how to take good care of the family dog, they will start appreciating and embracing that responsibility, and naturally, they’ll translate that sense of responsibility 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 – The presence of dogs in your home makes your kids active and happy.
It’s an unfortunate fact that kids can easily get anxious and stressed out these days. With dogs around, kids who feel negative or sad about something can have a diversion, thanks to the sense of companionship brought by the pet to them.