“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” (Roger Caras)
Studies have shown that children raised at pet-friendly homes, especially dog-friendly ones, have stable mental and physical health. Kids having pet dogs are at a higher advantage than others without pets. Dogs are the best therapy for children having learning disabilities or those who have inherited anxiety or depression.
Due to a busy routine, we cannot be there for our kids every time and may leave some loopholes in their lives. But, dog or cats can fill in the gap perfectly. Large breed dogs that are hyperactive, fun-loving and anxious can be well-suited for kids.
Provide a Fantastic Companionship:
The uncritical support provided by dogs is irreplaceable. Dogs are kid’s best friends who would never yell or fight with them but become a partner in crime. It doesn’t mean they will let the kid get into danger.
Dogs provide kids with an eternal companionship by listening to them, and by taking them out for play. Dogs know how to convince anyone for a walk or play outside. Children do not develop bad behaviors due to boredom and anxiety if they have dogs at home.
Dogs are loyal friends, who are protective towards the kids. They would never allow a stranger to get close to them when the parents are not home.
Help Improve the Reading Ability
Kid’s reading ability and cognitive skills are honed if they have a dog at home. They can read aloud to dogs, who listen to all the stories without interrupting them for mistakes. It helps to create fluency in reading and speaking skills.
In 1999, an experiment “Dog Day Afternoon” was conducted by Martin and Klotz that involved having library pets (5 dogs and one cat) for the children to read to. Martin observed that there was a tremendous improvement in their focus, enthusiasm to take initiatives and self-esteem. The interaction with therapy dogs boosted their reading and learning ability.
Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Children feel anxious and lonely when their emotions get neglected. Dogs listen to them patiently and let them be expressive about their emotions. They are saved from study stress and depression.
Kids feel loved at all times by being around pet dogs. They love to be in the spotlight and dogs can fulfill their wish. When your dog cuddles you or licks your face, it helps in the release of endorphins, the feel-good hormones—which lift your moods.
Promote Emotional Intelligence Skills:
Studies show that kids brought up in dog-friendly homes are emotionally intelligent. Children learn to read feelings of others, and are kind and considerate. They are empathetic and compassionate at heart.
Children also have better social skills because dogs attract other kids. This helps a child develop skills like kindness, friendliness, and better communication.
Children are hyperactive and want to stay engaged with something. Dogs can help to channelize their energies positively. When humans share their positive emotions and feelings with others, they are the source of that light. Negative energies are built when a human has nothing to invest his energies in and lacks a motive. Dogs give children a sense of purpose, goals, and achievements. It builds their self-esteem.
Children can stay engaged with the dogs by fulfilling different responsibilities of being a pet-owner. Parenting skills develop when they give food and water to the dogs timely. The sense of accomplishment that comes with caring for dogs also develops self-esteem in them.
Physical and Mental Health Equals Academic Success
Kids, in the modern era, are drowning into the well of technology consisting of computer games and play station. By being active and healthy with dogs, kids perform better academically.
Fresh air is essential for kids living in apartments. Dogs can lead the way for them to go for a walk or play each day. They can live a healthy live mentally and physically. Dogs will train their mind psychologically and will develop the morally good habits in them by being an example.
Obesity is another common problem among children. An active life will help children not get obese and work actively without delays.
Strong Immune System:
Research has shown that infants raised in a home having dog are resistant to common diseases like cold and flu. Children are less prone to develop allergies and asthma. Dr. Eija Bergroth, a pediatrician, led a study in Finland that concluded with the finding that, “We think the exposure to pets somehow matures the immune system so when the child meets the microbes, he might be better prepared for them.”