I have been around many parents who have a fear for dogs being around their children. Some fear the stories they’ve heard about dog attacks, others fear the allergies (or dirt) or disease a pet might pass on, and some just don’t like them. I might not be able to change your feelings towards the reasons you don’t like dogs, but I could probably help shed some light into why having them could be great for your kids.
The act of feeding, walking, and training a dog can help children understand responsibility.
2. Improved Social Skills
Many children love to pretend play with their pets. This helps encourage critical thinking and gets their imagination rolling. This helps them become more comfortable socially, which helps make connections with others easier.
3. Less Likely to Have Allergies and Asthma
This may not be 100% proven (YET), but studies have shown that children exposed to pets are less likely to have allergies or asthma due to the possibility of built up immunity around certain viruses and bacteria.
4. Physical Activities that Promote Good Health
Pets, especially dogs usually always love to play. When you’re too tired, they can come in really handy for good entertaining. They will run, catch, and are usually just hungry for attention, and love. Kids can get some good exercise and a real workout just playing with their dog on a daily basis.
Throughout playtime, you might hear a lot of laughter, which you know is good for maintaining normal stress levels.
5. Nurture, Care, Love = Protection
You will most likely see your child hugging the dog, because after all the time they spend together, your child will develop some natural love for him or her. This love is usually passed onto siblings, friends, and others. Your dog might not be able to talk back, but they are smart creatures and can show you in so many ways, just how much they love you back.
Dogs can be very protective when it comes to defending their owners. They are good at sensing danger and have been known to save many lives. We used to have a Labrador, who was the most gentle guard dog we’ve ever had. He was huge, but if you read a little bit about Labradors, you would know that they are one of the best dogs to have around kids. They are big and mighty, which makes them good for protection, but really soft-hearted, gentle, and loving.
Our Lab’s name was Comet. One day, my brother was walking Comet and a great big pit bull came out of nowhere. He must have gotten out of the house he belonged to or something. It took my brother by surprise, but before the dog could attack, Comet intervened. It had been a really scary situation for my brother. Luckily, its owner heard the noise and stopped before things got really bad. Who knows what would have happened to my brother, had it not been for Comet.