Lessons Your Family Dog Can Give to your Children
Wherever you are in the world, it’s no secret that pet dogs are considered part 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. Interestingly, many couples already owned a dog long before they decided to have kids, and doing so kind of prepared them of the responsibility of taking good care of their kids in the future.
Nonetheless, there’s no denying that there also are some people who just don’t feel like owning a dog is something they’re ready to do. It’s probably because they know for a fact that it adds more 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? Quite interestingly, the way you take care of your dogs and their presence alone might actually teach your kids a thing or two about life and the sense of responsibility as a human being.
1 – Your kids will learn how to take care of something that’s important 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 actual question really is where is the dog’s role here? 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’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 – It’s true that the presence of dogs in the house is enough reason to keep kids active and happy.
It’s quite true that even kids these days could get anxious and stressed with even the littlest of reasons. The role of dogs in terms of bringing out positiveness and optimism is vital, because with them, kids won’t have to absorb negative emotions as much as they need to since they have the pet dog as a companion to cheer them up.