By Clair Adams (contributing author):
Dog owners and lovers in general know that dogs provide much more than just companionship. There are so many fantastic benefits these furry animals bring, like being a natural stress relief, teaching your kids responsibility and empathy, helping you be more active, and improving your social life, and these are essential for the whole family. Keep on reading to learn more about each of these amazing benefits!
Dogs are a natural stress relief for the whole family
Animals are extremely instinctive and they’re more likely to feel your pain, anxiety, and high stress levels than other human beings, which is why they can be so therapeutic. People with full-time jobs and dozens of other errands to run often don’t have much time to unwind after everything is done, which is exactly when your beloved pet can step in.
Cuddling it for just a couple of minutes after an exhausting day at work has so many benefits, both for you and your pet, so make sure not to skip it since your furry friend can improve your mood and help you relax in no time.
A family dog will teach your little ones responsibility
One of the most important benefits of having a family dog is teaching your children responsibility. Caring for the animal means doing some chores like walking the dog, grooming and training it, as well as feeding it and buying some quality dog supplies your pet will love. Of course, not all of these are appropriate for younger kids – children from 4 to 6 can brush the pet and walk it together with an adult by their side, whereas older kids from 6 to 8 can feed the pet on a daily basis, take it for a walk, and play with it regularly.
Besides that, a family dog will teach your little ones some valuable traits and life lessons through positive interaction, which is always a great thing.
It will inevitably help you be more active
Having a pet in your home means that you’ll have to take care of its needs, alongside with your own and your kids’ needs that have always been your top priority. Your dog will motivate you to exercise every day, which is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Even a brisk 30-minute walk with your furry best friend can greatly improve your health, and it’s actually an amazing way to stay active when you don’t feel like hitting the gym.
Apart from that, your dog exposes you to a wide range of germs which are likely to boost your immune system and make you get sick less often.
Dogs can improve your social life as well
Apart from obvious fitness benefits, walking your dog every day can help you meet new people who also have dogs and therefore make new friends in the blink of an eye. Going to your local dog park or taking your dog to run errands is actually a fantastic chance to get to know other dog owners or just animal lovers who like chatting about pets.
If you don’t believe us, just take your dog grocery shopping and you’ll see how many strangers will strike up conversations with you because they find your dog really cute.
Besides that, having a pet can also help children socialise, too. That’s why parents often decide to get a pet for their shy kids – similarly to adults, children are also likely to start a conversation when they see a pet, which is one of the best ways to make new friends.
It will teach your kids empathy
Kids with dogs usually tend to be more empathetic than those who don’t own a pet and there’s a logical explanation for that claim. First of all, owning a dog means that you’ll have to take care of its needs – you must learn when it’s hungry and thirsty, and understand the importance of regular walks on a day-to-day basis. You have to know that some dogs need to go out twice a day, and to get prepared for that before getting a pet.
As soon as your kids realise that, they’ll inevitably become much more empathetic and aware of other people’s needs as well. Besides that, a family dog will also boost your children’s self-esteem, since kids with dogs are really popular among their schoolmates.
As you can see, there are so many benefits of having a dog in your home, and these five are just some of them. The fact is that dog ownership can improve your and your kids’ lives in so many ways, making your home an amazing place that offers a chance for your children to grow up into responsible and caring young people. That’s exactly why you should consider getting a dog right now!
Claire Adams is a personal and professional development expert who believes that a positive attitude is one of the keys to success. You can find her online writing and giving tips about lifestyle and development as a regular contributor at highstylife.com.
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