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Importance of Having a Family Dog to your Children.

It has widely been reported that a dog is man’s best friend. The saying has been there for thousands years ago explaining the relationship between man and dog. Today, a dog has become one of the most favorite pet that is always found in almost every homestead. Dogs contribute a lot towards the development of young children. The contribution towards the development of young children is the reason most families keep dogs. A family dog will not only become your child friend but will also play an important role in his/her development. Below is a discussion of some of the benefits of having a dog at home.

Your children develop a great relationship with the dog. Children can always play with the dogs at home or outdoors whenever they need to. Sometimes, the neighborhood friends are away or busy elsewhere, and your child can feel lonely when left with no one to play with, providing a great opportunity for them to play with the dog. Dogs have a way of providing a leaning shoulder to the children when they became angry or sad.

Leaving the dog under the care of the child will make the child feel responsible. Teach your child how to care, feed and bath the dog as a great way of teaching them how to be responsible. The skills acquired will make them grow as responsible people. It is also a way of improving their self-confidence and esteem.

Children do more exercises while playing with the dog. In today’s world, children have stopped playing the old physical games and have turned to digital games on play stations, tables etc. Having a dog around will encourage the kids to go out and play with the dog, thus having to do some exercise which is good for their bodies.

Children find a sense of belonging when with dogs. If a child become emotional or portray an emotional behavior, they always find comfort in a family dog. Children enjoying with the family dog will also increase the bond between them.

Another great benefit of having a family dog is improved health status of your kids. While playing with the dog, children end up doing activities that will always ensure their bodies are in good shape, promoting good health. Contrary to some particular beliefs that dogs bring dirt and germs at home, they actually improve the immune system of the children.

Dogs also require some play time and can only feel the loneliness when the kids are busy in school, doing homework or away on trip. Throw balls are great play toys for dogs that ensure they do not feel lonely once the children are away or cannot play with them.