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. In fact, the bond between man and dog is evident all throughout history and no other animal can match it. 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. It’s probably because they know for a fact that it adds more responsibility. This is quite 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 – Your young ones will eventually learn how to take good care of something valuable to them.
It is natural for every parent to take care of their kids and do everything they need to for them. While doing so, you’re not actually just making sure all their needs are provided because you also are teaching them how to be like you when they eventually have to become parents themselves. But the question is what’s the pet dog’s role 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 – It’s a form of education to 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 – Kids are always happy and active with dogs.
It’s an unfortunate fact that kids can easily get anxious and stressed out these days. 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.